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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Optimity The state of being best.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Researchers in Denmark found that beer tastes best when drunk to the accompaniment of a certain musical tone. The optimal frequency is different for each beer, they reported. The correct harmonious tone for Carlsberg Lager, for example, is 510-520 cycles per second.
    • n optimity The state of being best.
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “Optimism is the opium of the people.”
  • Anne Perry
    Anne Perry
    “... she knew in her heart that to be without optimism, that core of reasonless hope in the spirit rather than the brain, was a fatal flaw, the seed of death.”
  • Colin Powell
    Colin Powell
    “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. optimitas, fr. optimus, the best


In literature:

He had no optimism for the moment.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
They have no idea what should the appropriate or optimal equilibrium price level be.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
An unbounded optimism possessed him.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Tasper, you sit down there in a comfortable chair and let me rub on some optimism anodyne where you're smarting the worst.
"When Egypt Went Broke" by Holman Day
His illimitable optimism was returning.
"The River's End" by James Oliver Curwood
For a degree of optimism is a necessary accompaniment of health.
"The Philosophy of Despair" by David Starr Jordan
This sense of responsibility caused him to assume more and more optimism as his nervousness increased.
"Galusha the Magnificent" by Joseph C. Lincoln
His apparent pessimism ill conceals a real optimism, a persistent faith in the progress of intelligence and justice.
"A Zola Dictionary" by J. G. Patterson
The lilt of a definite optimism was in every man's step and the light of hope was in every man's eye.
"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" by John Fox, Jr.
But optimism was supreme among the soldiers.
"The Guns of Shiloh" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It was characteristic of his crooked temperament that misfortune awoke in him a lofty and unshakable optimism.
"The Iron Trail" by Rex Beach
Once more the truth overwhelmed, the folly of his former optimism arose to mock him.
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
And yet, as an American, I strike inevitably the note of optimism once more.
"A Traveller in War-Time" by Winston Churchill
Madame de Netteville allowed herself plenty of jests with her intimates as to the young reformer's social simplicity, his dreams, his optimisms.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Once more his optimism was locking horns with prudent caution.
"The Real Man" by Francis Lynde
This uncritical optimism, suggested by experience, was fortified by ill-assimilated knowledge.
"The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy" by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
With all his optimism, however, there are many sad hints mingled.
"Rambles with John Burroughs" by Robert John De Loach
The optimism and healthy-mindedness are yours through and through, so is the wide imagination.
"The Letters of William James, Vol. II" by William James
The majority of us, I apprehend, profess neither pessimism nor optimism.
"Aphorisms and Reflections from the Works of T. H. Huxley" by T. H. Huxley
As regards the war a rigorous optimism set in.
"The Challenge of the Dead" by Stephen Graham

In poetry:

It is the time to cast off care;
To make glad intimates of these:--
The frank-faced sunbeam laughing there;
The great-heart wind, that bids us share
The optimism of the trees.
"Wood-Words" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Voicing new optimism and a renewed commitment to advancing the airline piloting profession, chairmen from ALPA's 36 pilot groups joined with other Association leaders in Reston, Va. To convene ALPA's 105th Executive Board meeting.
SCOTT SUTTELL Want an affirmation of small business optimism.
Leveraging Agitating Retort Processing to Optimize Product Quality.
Companies offer textile rental route optimization/accounting synergy.
The management team at Worsley Alumina 's refinery in Western Australia challenged its process control group with this task: Create an environment where process operators can perform optimally.
Inline data collection is useless unless you can ultimately feed it back to an optimization loop.
Cons Not optimized for the US Average camera.
Louis doctoral candidates won first place at the graduate school research fair for their project "Applying Business Logistic Optimization Modeling to School Bus Routing," UMSL Daily reports.
How does your company plan to optimize your sales force in 2010.
I have a Sony GA9ESG Receiver and was thinking of running my CD player through it to optimize the sound for stereo listening.
She has a strong interest in wellness and patient education to help individuals feel empowered to optimize their health and functioning.
Optimizing critical Web-based services positions local firm for growth.
Could it be a metaphor for the country's optimism.
New CNC Shines for Machine-Tool Multitasking, While Optimizing Operability.
Powerbooks Give Macintosh Cause for Optimism.

In science:

So V (s, x) = φ(s, x) = J (s, x, π ∗), that is, φ(s, x) is the optimal return function, π ∗ is the optimal dividend strategy and x∗ is the optimal dividend payments level.
Optimal Dividend and reinsurance strategy of a Property Insurance Company under Catastrophe Risk
We establish the optimal reinsurance rate, the optimal dividend strategies and explicit the optimal return function of the company.
Optimal Dividend and reinsurance strategy of a Property Insurance Company under Catastrophe Risk
Based on the main results we have just established, we present some numerical examples to analyze in detail how the key model parameters impact on the optimal retention ratio, the optimal dividend payments strategies and the optimal return of the company.
Optimal Dividend and reinsurance strategy of a Property Insurance Company under Catastrophe Risk
To compute the optimal threshold π∞ and the optimal Bayes risk, we transform the corresponding optimal stopping problem into a sequence of stopping problems for the diffusive part of the process Π.
On the Wiener disorder problem
DW09] optimizes the round complexity, [CKOR10] optimizes the entropy loss and our result optimizes the randomness complexity.
On the Problem of Local Randomness in Privacy Amplification with an Active Adversary
There is thus a trade-off between optimizing the C p−m/2 term in Theorem 2a and optimizing the (C ′ )p term; the optimal choice of γ depends upon the other inputs.
Bounds on the number of integer points in a polytope via concentration estimates
The problem is quite difficult and the optimal graphs are only known for very small sizes: the largest degree-diameter graph known to be optimal has N = 50 nodes, with degree 7 and diameter 2 . A collection of optimal and best known graphs for other degree-diameter combinations is maintained at .
Jellyfish: Networking Data Centers Randomly
This algorithm goes a long way toward the goal of optimization problem prototyping, because it covers a very general class of optimization problems that contain many optimization formulations of interest to the CT community.
Convex optimization problem prototyping for image reconstruction in computed tomography with the Chambolle-Pock algorithm
Because (26) is a linear optimization problem and the optimal value is not negative in finity, an optimal solution must be a vertex of the polyhedron.
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
Eigenvalues of General Tensors: Links with Optimization, Numerical Analysis and Geometry This group include four research topics. (1) Bi-quadratical Optimization and Spherical Optimization.
The Spectral Theory of Tensors (Rough Version)
The optimal recovery for C0, however, need not be the same map as the optimal recovery for C—the optimal recovery for C has to work well for al l states in C, not just those in C0 .
Towards a Unified Framework for Approximate Quantum Error Correction
Nevertheless, we do not try to optimize here the value of α: First, optimizing bounds doesn’t necessarily lead to optimized empirical accuracy.
Simple Regret Optimization in Online Planning for Markov Decision Processes
Optimal semicouplings are solutions of a twofold optimization problem: the optimal choice of a density ρ ≤ 1 of the first marginal λ and subsequently the optimal choice of a coupling between ρλ and µ.
Optimal transport between random measures
Then the optimal semicoupling between λn and µn is the same as the optimal semicoupling between ˜λn and µn and similarly the optimal semicoupling between λ and µ is the same as the optimal semicoupling between ˜λ and µ.
Optimal transport between random measures
The geometry of the cells of the “optimal fair allocation” is dictated by the cyclical monotonicity and the optimal choice of cyclical monotone map to get an asymptotic optimal coupling.
Optimal transport between random measures