Talk:Alice and Bob/Draft

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But what about Ted and Carol?

"Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice" is the first thing that comes to mind when I see this. Howard C. Berkowitz 01:54, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

Date of birth?

Do you know when (approximately?) Alice and Bob first appeared? Could they be immigrants from game theory?

As for the additional characters: Were they present in the first edition, too? If so, then this edition should be cited as the "origin" of the names. (If you do not know, I probably can check it.)

--Peter Schmitt 12:11, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

I don't have the 1st edition of AC.
The biography we link to is from a 1984 conference on coding theory. Alice & Bob were not new then; Gordon mentions "some longstanding traditional reason" for the names and says "there are hundreds of papers about Alice and Bob". The original RSA paper, 1978, uses Alice & Bob. Beyond that, I've no idea of their birthdate, or for that matter, their parentage. Sandy Harris 10:07, 8 August 2010 (UTC)
The WP article [1] and a Network World story they link to say the origin is the RSA paper. Sandy Harris 10:12, 8 August 2010 (UTC)
I added a link to the Network World story and text that follows them in attributing the names to Rivest. Sandy Harris 01:13, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

Comparing to WP

The Wikipedia article [2] has a far longer list of names, most of which I do not think we need. I did add a sentence about creating additional characters as needed.

I wonder about their additions, Arthur & Merlin or Paul & Carole, related to interactive proof systems. I do not know enough about those systems to know if we should add them. Sandy Harris 01:38, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

I added them, partly by copying WP text. What, if anything, needs to be done about attribution?
Grammarians, including Chomsky but I do not know if it originated with him, often use John & Mary. I find such examples strange. To me, Mary was my first wife & John is her second husband. Sandy Harris 00:09, 13 August 2010 (UTC)
I have rewritten these additions, therefore WP credit is not needed. --Peter Schmitt 23:30, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
Nice work. Should articles such as "Paul and Carole" or "Arthur and Merlin (game theory)" be created as redirects to that section, or even as independent articles? Sandy Harris 02:58, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

Approval Process: Approval certified

Call for review: Peter Schmitt 13:19, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Call for Approval: --Peter Schmitt 13:20, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Approval Notice: Revision of 23:09, 18 April 2012 |

Certification of Approval: Revision of 23:09, 18 April 2012 | 19:43, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Please discuss the article below, Alice and Bob/Approval is for brief official referee's only!


I agree with Sandy that this is ready to be reviewed. --Peter Schmitt 13:20, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Link broken, ref #3. Anthony.Sebastian 15:08, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
Works for me (a .pdf file). --Peter Schmitt 20:48, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
I checked it incorrectly. Works for me now. Sorry to be a bother. Wonder if we should tell users somewhere that some links may be to PDF files, in which case they would need a PDF reader program for the click to work (I believe). —Anthony.Sebastian 22:33, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
I think that the small icon carries this information, but I agree: I prefer more explicit information, too. Thus I have changed the formatting of the references (adding file types). --Peter Schmitt 23:13, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
Neat. —Anthony.Sebastian 03:18, 20 April 2012 (UTC)

←Peter, as you are Editor in both Computer and Mathematics workgroups, the applicable categories for this article, I will put your name on the metadata page as first nominating editor. —Anthony.Sebastian 23:00, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

←Sandy, did you want to leave the Bibliography subpage blank? —Anthony.Sebastian 23:00, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Usually, I prefer the bibliography over references in the article. However, in this case the references are really only pointers that fit well on the article page. I don't think there is a good entry for the bibliography. (We could move all the references there, or we could move the External links subpage there.) --Peter Schmitt 23:27, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
Can we remove the Bibliography subpage from the subpage menu banner? —Anthony.Sebastian 03:21, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
I don't think there needs to be an entire article about examples - standard or not. (Chunbum Park 07:38, 23 April 2012 (UTC))
Anthony: It is the subpages template that lists Bibliography and External Links even if they do not exist. --Peter Schmitt 20:13, 24 April 2012 (UTC)
As for articles on other pairs: I think that Arthur and Merlin deserve an entry because their names are also used for certain games, protocols and complexity classes. For Paul and Carole a redirect and a Definition suffice, I think (unless I am wrong, and they are more commonly used). Perhaps similar Definitions and redirects could be created for some of other names, too?

+++++ I certified this article for approval today, and requested Matt to complete the Approval Mechanics. —Anthony.Sebastian 19:54, 27 April 2012 (UTC) +++++

Rama and Sita

An Indian cryptographer uses characters from the Ramayana. The kidnapped wife Sita wants to get a message to her husband Rama. The monkey God Hanuman will help but the evil demon wants to prevent it. PDF

This works for his students, who all know the Ramayana, but I doubt it is generally applicable. But then, what about things based on western legends, like Arthur & Merlin or a Trojan horse? Sandy Harris 05:52, 15 October 2012 (UTC)