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indoor rock climbing on…arXiv!

Posted in Mountains, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , on October 9, 2011 by xi'an

It is a rare occurrence to see a paper on rock climbing on the arXiv depository, but Caleb Phillips, Lee Becker, and Elizabeth Bradley posted their “Strange Beta: An Assistance System for Indoor Rock Climbing Route Setting Using Chaotic Variations and Machine Learning” recently there. Those researchers from Boulder (of course!, where else?!) have designed a route generator called Strange Beta [strange being related with strange attractors] to help with the creation of new routes of specific style and difficulty. Cool!


Knowing the algorithm would probably not help the climber… This morning we had a nice indoor session with my daughter in an empty gym. Including new routes with lead climbing.

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