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As a complex-valued variation of the sum-of-squares representation we consider trigonometric polynomials; optimization over cones of nonnegative trigonometric polynomials has several important engineering applications. Consider a trigonometric polynomial evaluated on the complex unit-circle

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All else being equal, this suggests that animal causes that attempt to rectify some harm humans do to nonhuman animals are more tractable than causes that attempt to aid animals in the wild. We have a much better understanding of how human-created systems work than we have of natural systems, so it is easier to make changes to them that will have predictable effects. Top Moda Womens Hy5 Open Toe Crochet High Heel Beige mDzjJRLD
However, because not everyone agrees about what changes are desirable, even problems clearly caused by humans can have wildly varying tractability for animal advocates.

How well do we understand the problem and possible solutions?

If we can clearly articulate what the problem is and envision a world without that problem, we are in a good position to begin trying to solve the problem. If we only have a vague sense that something is not right in an area, we might have identified that a problem exists without knowing what the specific problem is. We may need to spend more time learning about the current situation before we can start trying to think of ways to improve it. For instance, many people who care about animals don’t like to think about predation in the wild; it’s bad for the animals being killed, but good or even necessary from the predator’s perspective. This makes it hard to locate the problem or envision a solution, meaning that it is an issue that is relatively intractable.

Similarly, there are some situations in which animal advocates can precisely describe a problem, but can’t agree on what the world should look like without it. For example, many animal advocates agree that industrial animal agriculture is abusive and should be stopped. However, there is disagreement on what system should replace it. Some advocates think that no animals should be farmed, while others think some farming could be net positive for the animals involved, who would probably not exist otherwise. Some worry that without farming, domesticated species might die out, since they are not suited to life in the wild and humans wouldn’t have a reason to raise so many, or even any, of them. Because advocates have identified a clear problem and some outcomes that would be better than the current situation, it’s possible to start trying to solve the problem. But because advocates don’t agree on an end goal, there’s debate about not just what tactics work best to solve the problem, but what a finished solution would look like. This makes the problem less tractable, since advocates have to use resources trying to decide on a goal as well as trying to achieve it.

Some problems are very easy to understand, so advocates can clearly describe the problem, what the world would look like if it were solved, and even some solutions to the problem. For instance, cats and dogs are sometimes euthanized in animal shelters that can’t find homes for them. Animal advocates want homes to be found for any such animals that need them. They try to solve this problem by encouraging or requiring people to spay or neuter their pets (to reduce the number of cats and dogs who need homes), encouraging people to adopt animals from shelters rather than purchasing them from pet stores or breeders (to increase the number of people looking to provide homes to animals in shelters), and donating money to shelters and foster programs that care for cats and dogs waiting to be adopted (so they can house animals for longer). Collectively, these solutions have greatly reduced the number of cats and dogs euthanized in shelters. The problem is well understood, although making further progress in solving it may be expensive in areas where all these solutions have already been implemented.

How hard are the solutions to implement?

Even if we understand a problem and have a good idea of what solutions are available, the solutions might not be easy to implement. Sometimes, people are already working on a solution, and we can observe their efforts to form a judgment about whether it is easy or hard. Other times, little work is being done towards the solutions we have in mind. This may be because others have viewed the solution as being too hard, or don’t think the problem is important. Because in this situation many of the difficulties involved with implementing the solution are unknown, it’s probably appropriate to assume it’s harder than it looks.

For example, we could assess the difficulty of the various solutions involved in combating shelter euthanasia by trying to understand the activities of several local humane societies. We could ask them what difficulties they had encountered in trying to implement spay and neuter programs, trying to increase the spay and neuter rates in their areas, caring for animals that have not yet been adopted, and trying to promote their adoption programs. We would probably learn a lot from this about which activities are easiest to implement and about how expensive each activity is. We would also learn which programs had room for expansion in each area. If we wanted to start a humane society, we’d probably have a relatively easy time finding people who knew how to do the work involved, but we might have trouble raising funds or connecting to the local community.

On the other hand, solutions to wild animal suffering are more difficult to assess. Some are easier than others: for instance, sterile insect technique, which has been used to reduce insect populations in areas where they cause concerns for human health, offers a potentially more humane way to control insect populations than traditional insecticides, which can be unnecessarily harmful to insects and other animals in the environment. But because it’s a relatively new technique used primarily for its benefits to humans, even practitioners may not be aware of all its difficulties from an animal welfare perspective. For instance, how does it affect the balance of other animal species in the environment? Other solutions are even harder to envision and implement: for instance, some advocates have brought up the possibility of genetically engineering animals motivated by gradients of bliss rather than pain avoidance. No one has done this successfully, and our understanding of biology and animal psychology is not even good enough to necessarily allow us to recognize success, so this is a very intractable solution at present.

How long will it take to fully implement the solutions?

Some solutions do not require continued attention from advocates after a relatively short implementation period, while others require continued attention in the long term. A problem that can be partially or fully resolved by solutions that require only short term efforts is more tractable than one whose solutions inherently require long-term attention.

For instance, legal changes usually remain in effect for some time after they are implemented, even without continued advocacy efforts related to them. Corporate and university policies are not as stable as laws, but are also more stable than individual consumers’ decisions. So for problems that can be addressed through any of these avenues, affecting law or policy might be more tractable than perpetually persuading consumers to make ethical choices. For instance, animal testing is likely easier to reduce because it can be addressed through law and policy than it would be if advocates focused only on consumer-level solutions. This may mean that it is a much more tractable problem in some countries than others, depending on the forces that influence policy (such as corporate relationships with government, or on the other hand a government that is especially responsive to animal welfare issues).

What forces are opposed to the problem being solved?

If some groups in society perceive the identified problem as actually a positive feature, solving it will be more difficult than solving a problem that everyone sees as a problem or is indifferent towards. For instance, advocates perceive the use of animals for food as a problem, but many in society, and especially farmers and others in the food industry, perceive the use of animals for food as a positive thing and would consider it a problem not to have the ability to use animals for food. They can be expected to resist animal advocates’ efforts to solve the problem of animals being used for food, because they think the solution makes the world worse. On the other hand, probably few people actively like insects to suffer when they encounter insecticide. There would likely be little resistance to using more humane insecticides or controlling insect populations using sterile insect technique, even if there would also be little support.

There will probably always be some forces opposed to the solutions presented by animal advocates. However, the relative size and strength of these forces could vary greatly and significantly affect advocates’ ability to implement solutions.

Assuming equal scale and tractability, causes that fewer people care about or work on are better to focus on than causes that many people care about or work on. Particularly good opportunities to work on causes that many people care about will almost certainly be taken; the marginal money or effort moved towards these causes will (if everyone is acting rationally) go to the remaining less effective approaches after the more effective possibilities are funded. 66 By contrast, very good opportunities to work on neglected causes may not be taken, simply because too few people are working on or funding the cause. The marginal money or effort moved to that cause may go to the most effective way of addressing it, if it is not fully funded.

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