[racket] What is a good way to learn about functions "like" in this case?

From: Jordan Johnson (jmj at fellowhuman.com)
Date: Thu Nov 22 15:07:24 EST 2012

Argmin is a standard math term, but if it's one you haven't encountered, I'm not sure how easily you could turn it up in the Racket docs. This is a problem I've thought it might be nice to find somebody in a library program to work on; they study indexing in depth, and choosing terms to index is a very different specialty than programming and language design. (This is to say, I've encountered the same difficulties at times, but it's a problem that I think Racket shares with most other languages...because the audience for the docs contains both subject matter experts who know the terms for what they're looking for, and folks who have an idea of what they want to do but don't know the (perhaps language-specific) name for it. But then, this is a problem that apprentices in all kinds of trades have faced for centuries...)


On Nov 21, 2012, at 2:09 PM, Grant Rettke <grettke at acm.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> Today I saw someone use the 'argmin' function.
> I wondered how I might learn about it from search results. For example
> you know you want the minimum, and you might broadly get back a result
> for example if there was a page on "functions that give you minimums
> generally".
> I tried 'min' and combinations with asterisks before and after and
> never got argmin as a result.
> What might I do to achieve something like this?
> For example, I used AgentRansack and searched the html for 'minimize'
> and that was one way to do it after digging around.
> Best wishes,
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