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Tetra-etics – a proposal towards a Crowdsourced Acyclic Directed Network with an Epistemological Evolutionary Tendency (CADNEET)

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Norman T. Thornton

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Tetra-etics – a proposal towards a Crowdsourced Acyclic Directed Network with an Epistemological Evolutionary Tendency (CADNEET)

Based on an upcoming 100+ page proposal, software and website Tetraetics.com, the seminar will consist of lecture, demonstration and an after session invitational.



Tetra-etics Fundamentals - 10 minutes

Literature Dissemination
Philosophical Approach
Prior Art vs Goals
Basic Terms, Functions and Maps


Application to Wikis per the Semantic Web – 10 minutes

Why & Not
Improving Search Results
How & Not
Improving Search Results

After Session Invitational

Event held elsewhere (say meal in cafeteria) if participants desire -- not timed

Use Case for Individuals
Use Case for Enterprise

-- Add 5 minutes for unforeseen incidentals for a total of 25 minutes.

Handbill as Preface

Though not an exhaustive accounting, Tetra-etics has the following facts, properties, objects, methods, and conjectures:


  • Two things connected to a third thing are connected to each other.
  • The connection between things can be voted weaker or stronger.
  • Connections can have a direction, a path.
  • A triangle connects 3 things –
1. A,
2. B,
3. C
as 3 edges
1. A-B,
2. B-C,
3. C-D
as 1 face
For every triangular face, there are 6 possible 3.node paths (acyclic paths) – say
1. A → B → C,
2. A → C → B,
3. B → A → C,
4. B → C → A,
5. C → A → B,
6. C → B → A
A tetrahedron connects 4 nodes –
1. A,
2. B,
3. C,
4. D
as 6 edges
1. A-B,
2. A-C,
3. A-D,
4. B-C,
5. B-D,
6. C-D
as 4 faces
1. A-B-C,
2. A-B-D ,
3. A-C-D,
4. B-C-D
  • The faces of a tetrahedron times the number of paths per face is 4 * 6 = 24 acyclic paths.
  • A node can be a signifier, a signifier a word or other indicia (url, picture, sound, QR codes, etc.).
  • A triangle is thus a 3.signifier.
  • A tetrahedron is a 6.signifier by edge although a 4.signifier by node.
  • A signifier is self-explanatory as it is either understood by its audience or open to interpretation; thus, requires no explanatory tag.
  • Tetrahedron can exist as text based meta tags on a web page in a standard simple format requiring no special software to create, discover, internet search, humanly read and only simple software to parse. Free tools can accomplish graphic visualization as a tetrahedron or otherwise.
  • Interpretation is a creative act – say poetic – engaging imagination, perhaps promulgating meme.
  • A signifier can start a meme.
  • A meme can be viral per a crowd.
  • An individual can create a signifier.
  • Individuals in a crowd can vote, vote for a path.
  • A voted path is crowdsource voted, a crowd sourced voted path (CVP); if manually by a human, it is a mCVP; if by automation, it is an aCVP; if aCVP and mCVP, it is a hybrid CVP (hCVP).
  • A crowd can know best compared to an individual over the long-haul in certain circumstances.
  • A crowd can be subdivided into communities by either self-identification or behavior.
  • Voting is a behavior.
  • The voter can be anonymous per personal information though identifiable otherwise.
  • A vote path can be identified by its source (community or crowd).
  • The vote count for path X not equal to the vote count for path Y makes them distinct by vote count.
  • A network is a collection of paths.
  • A collection of connected tetrahedron is a network, a tetraplex.
  • A path can be walked by identification, say by popularity or by community.
  • Where (1.signifier < 2.signifier < 3.signifier < … < 6.signifier) → ( human working memory capacity) ≤ 7.signifier; thus, for humans, the tetrahedron is measurably easier to work with on a triangular basis than a larger basis.
  • The more words are chosen at random, the more words are perceived as randomly chosen whereas the more words are humanly voted as connected. the more likely other humans will perceive them as not randomly chosen, instead selectively chosen, connected. Thus, the vote path.
  • Where signifier A to B to C and to D then propose tetrahedron ABCD. Where tetrahedron ABCD and D to A' propose triangles ABA', ACA', ADA', … etc., that is, autonomously build tetraplex based on existing connections. Thus, information created by proposition expands knowing potential. Randomness is constrained due to otherwise prior voted connections.
  • A non-human can vote, vote a path where the non-human uses knowledge extrinsic to the tetraplex or intrinsic to the tetraplex as a voting basis. Thus, a CVP can be autonomously (particularly an aCVP) created procedurally constraining vastness per a criteria, a due diligence.
  • A signifier can be qualified or quantified per a particular due diligence.
  • A tetraplex exhibits computational irreducibility, computational equivalence, and therefore is not predictable as it grows.

– triangles connected to form tetrahedrons and the tetrahedron edges as paths voted upon as acceptable connections between ideas is essentially Tetra-etics – a proposal towards a Crowdsourced Acyclic Directed Network with an Epistemological Evolutionary Tendency. Tetra-etics, a portmanteau, takes its name from the form of one of it's most basic objects (tetra-objects such as the tetrahedron) and an attitude towards creativity as poetics.

Two assertions, thorny or flowery though they  may be, share regency:  
1. the integrating assertion – the Less Connected is the Less Known – is supplemented with
2. the beaming assertion – our Reading under the Natural Nimbus of Poetics Differs from our Reading under the Spectrum Lamps of Labs

– where each assertion is presumed to have a legitimacy per a due diligence.

Use them as task appropriate.

Some keywords to contemplate

  1. tetrahedron,
  2. meme,
  3. network,
  4. evolution,
  5. epistemology,
  6. topology,
  7. permutation,
  1. directed acyclic graph,
  2. adjacency matrices demo
  1. semantic web per W3C,
  2. microdata
  1. Parts Of Speech,
  1. Parts Of Speech + brain,
  1. Path Analysis,
  1. microformat,
  2. meme,
  3. memeplex,
  4. crowd sourced,
  5. Hermeneutics,
  6. Path Modeling,
  7. Tetrahedral Molecular Geometry,
  8. Extermal Graph Theory,
  9. Friendship Graph,
  10. Graph Coloring Theory,
  11. Clique Theory,
  12. Complete Graph,
  13. Square,
  14. affine transformation,
  15. homothetic transformation
  16. topological sorting a DAG
  1. Schema.org
  2. Why Microdata
  3. Machine Readable Versions
  1. open graph
  2. basic metadata
  3. open graph discussion
  4. open graph implementations
  5. extension mechanism
  1. Embedding Stacked Polytopes on a Polynomial-Size Grid

Progressive Integration, Expansion and Specification Statement

Whereas historically the web was data and then data sharing (say per XLM towards a semantic web), Tetra-etics offers, among other things, juried data path-working , the voted path aspect of crowdsourced networking – observably, if not profoundly, entailing uniqueness compared to entities currently devoid of Tetra-etics such as wikis, meta data, markup language, web pages or links.


Technology and Infrastructure

Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes (or less; see notes above)
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


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Presentation materials, style and duration (ie, setup time) are targeted to available facilities. For example,

  • free wifi available for attendees to use their laptops to navigate to a website
  • lectern provided
  • presenter distance from audience and from display screen
  • projector/screen combination or monitor -- size
  • seating capacity or standing room only
  • etc.

Audio/visual facilities enable presentation rapidity/density -- thus, either a shorter time or more information in a shorter time.

Please, provide answers at the Wikimania:Information Desk or Venue page. Thanks.

Special request as to time of presentations

As I have an interest in attending the sessions listed below:

and those attending or otherwise involved with the sessions listed might want to attend both the sessions listed and the Tetra-etics session, so, please, avoid conflicting times with the Tetra-etics session – if it is not too much trouble. Thanks.

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  1. --Acaglayan (talk) 23:26, 7 April 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Professorlewis (talk) 23:11, 21 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Dr. Cooper Association (talk)Dr. Colin Cooper
  4. AndrewBrust (User talk:AndrewBrust)Andrew J. Brust
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  6. This seems different from most other submissions. I am curious. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:06, 4 April 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Wrightbus (talk) 23:24, 4 April 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Mcrose48 (talk) 23:27, 17 April 2012 (UTC)[reply]