Unique Events and Historical Narratives

Sometimes a problem like a crash or a hang never happens again, the so called a unique computational event, like the extinction of dinosaurs if we apply biological metaphors. Biology science copes with such events via constructing historical narratives and multiple probabilistic explanations with cross data examinations. The same is true for memory dump analysis where we construct possible explanations based on evidence and collected supporting data. Like Ernst Mayr pointed, we try to answer both questions: “How?” and “Why?”. Usually the answer to the first question is very simple and straightforward, like NULL pointer access (proximate, functional causation) and the answer to the second question is provided by testing various possible historical narratives (ultimate or evolutionary causation) possibly involving an animate agent (a human user of a system).

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -   

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