Re: 76-Contest Ballot Reformatted

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Sat Jun 05 2004 - 17:17:22 CDT

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From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>

>>My overall feeling is that for machine reading, if it is to be
>>robust enought for elections, that in the end it may not matter if
>>its OCR-A or times font. And times is much more eye pleasing.

>Whoa! OCR-A is machine readable. Times is not reliably machine readable.
>It's like saying, if they are both fast sports cars, it doesn't
>matter if you drive a Ferrari or a Yugo.
>Maybe you should study the theory of counterfactuals.

Perhaps I was insuffciently clear. I was speaking in the context of my previous speculation that standard character recognition was in my guess going to be satisfactoraly fast, accurate or robust in the field for an election system. My speculation was that it was going to be neccessary to recognize whole images of expected text from a small pallete of allowed answers in which case whether one uses Times or OCR is going to be relativeely moot. By the way i'd say your response was a good example of a "strawman argument" :-)
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