• A motley crew
    A motley crew
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj motley having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly "a jester dressed in motley","the painted desert","a particolored dress","a piebald horse","pied daisies"
    • adj motley consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds "an arrangement of assorted spring flowers","assorted sizes","miscellaneous accessories","a mixed program of baroque and contemporary music","a motley crew","sundry sciences commonly known as social"- I.A.Richards"
    • v motley make motley; color with different colors
    • v motley make something more diverse and varied "Vary the menu"
    • n motley a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England
    • n motley a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)
    • n motley a collection containing a variety of sorts of things "a great assortment of cars was on display","he had a variety of disorders","a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Motley A combination of distinct colors; esp., the party-colored cloth, or clothing, worn by the professional fool. "Motley 's the only wear."
    • Motley Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously made or mixed up; discordantly composite; as, motley style.
    • Motley Hence, a jester, a fool.
    • Motley Variegated in color; consisting of different colors; dappled; party-colored; as, a motley coat.
    • Motley Wearing motley or party-colored clothing. See Motley n., 1. "A motley fool."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n motley A habit made of pieces of cloth of different colors in glaring contrast: the usual dress of the jester or professional fool.
    • n motley A jester; a fool.
    • n motley Any mixture, as of colors.
    • motley Party-colored; variegated in color; consisting of different colors: as, a motley coat.
    • motley Composed of or exhibiting a combination of discordant elements; heterogeneous in composition; diversified.
    • motley To variegate; give different colors to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Motley mot′li covered with spots of different colours: consisting of different colours: composed of various parts, heterogeneous
    • n Motley clothes made of pieces of different colours: the dress of a jester: any mixture, esp. of colours
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  • Learned Hand
    Learned Hand
    “It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “And I did laugh sans intermission an hour by his dial. O noble fool, a worthy fool -- motley's the only wear.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mottelee, motle,; cf. OF. mattelé, clotted, curdled, OF, ciel mattonné, a mottled sky, mate, maton, curdled milk, Prov. G. matte, curd. Cf. Mottle


In literature:

Among the motley argonauts were a goodly number of New Englanders, especially from Boston and Maine.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
Lincoln, liberator of men, loved the motley.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
It was really a motley scene.
"California" by J. Tyrwhitt Brooks
A copy of Mr. Motley's dispatch on the subject and of the act of Parliament of May 12, 1870, are also transmitted.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant" by James D. Richardson
We may be almost sure that there was a fool or fools in the company, but they did not wear motley.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
The young commander was described as "kind and considerate of all hands," and the ship as "carrying a motley crew.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Mary E. Phillips
They were a most motley crew, dressed in all manner of odd clothes.
"In the Ranks of the C.I.V." by Erskine Childers
The seats and benches were all occupied by a very motley throng.
"Punch Among the Planets" by Various
It is indeed a motley array.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
Enter any one of the pawn-shops licensed by the city authorities, and cast your eye over the motley collection of unredeemed articles.
"In the Footprints of the Padres" by Charles Warren Stoddard
What a motley party we should be.
"Mr. Isaacs" by F. Marion Crawford
Lounging against the wall, Ryder glowered mockingly through his mask holes at the motley.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
They have supplemented their armies by a motley collection of all the African negro tribes.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
He was a well-proportioned man, and such was his height that the historian Motley stood under his armpits.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume II. No. 2, November, 1884" by Various
At three o'clock, in the wide Winnipeg station, there gathered on the platform beside Lady Merton's car a merry and motley group of people.
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Silence was now commanded by Master Simon; but it was difficult to be enforced in such a motley assemblage.
"Bracebridge Hall" by Washington Irving
The fool's motley in which it is arrayed is extremely curious and extremely characteristic.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
It was a motley collection of Spaniards, Americans, Mexicans and half-breeds.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
Mr. Black had another hunter with him by the name of Motley.
"My Life In The South" by Jacob Stroyer
They were a motley crowd, ragged, swaggering, jolly.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois

In poetry:

I gather motley flowers
And braid, braid a garland,
Sharp spears fall
At your victorious feet.
"I Gather Motley Flowers" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin
And so, a motley, unattractive throng,
They toil and plod,
Dead to the holy ecstasies of song,
To love, and God.
"Youth And Manhood" by Henry Timrod
Men brought me from my distant home
Because my jests were bright,
And clad me in a motley coat
To be the King's delight.
"The King's Jester" by Cicely Fox Smith
Death puts an end to all this motley scene,
Our miseries, and ev'ry act unclean,
And steers the saints, through a tempestuous sea,
Unto the haven, where they wish to be.
"A Short Dissertation Against The Fear Of Death, And Concerning The Benefit That Accrues From A Right" by Rees Prichard
I. WHAT song is this which on the water rings,
Rousing the lonely post? — its flag ascends:
Forth from the sharp stockade the movement brings
Its guardian blithe, with motley train of friends.
"The Toils Of The Voyager" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
A motley crowd we move among,
We surge on with the mighty mass,
And yet no one in all the throng
Looks strangely on us as we pass.
No eye but mine own seems to see
The nameless thing that walks by me.
"Haunted" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

The Motley Fool Life insurance not a must.
Mike Robinson, manager at Trident Foods in Motley and its vice president of Surimi Operations, is alive today because of several quick thinking women and the local medical teams of Motley.
Robinson was taking his lunch break May 27, 2011, at the Countryside Restaurant in Motley, when he went into cardiac arrest.
What life lesson has Liza Minnelli learned during her motley career on stage and screen.
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx to Marry Courtney Bingham.
There will soon be a new Mrs Sixx as Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has announced he and girlfriend Courtney Bingham plan to marry .
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx To Marry Courtney Bingham.
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Creating Broadway Play Based on 'Heroin Diaries' Memoir .
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Mending After Knee Surgery.
Not even the mighty Nikki Sixx could emerge from this summer's Glam-A-Geddon Tour unscathed — but after undergoing knee surgery on Wednesday (Oct 19), Motley Crue's longtime bassist is on the mend and ready to rock.
Kiss and Motley Crüe, sharing the same stage.
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx to Marry Courtney Bingham.
Motley Crue's Vince Neil Appears To Throw Punch at Fan During Solo Concert.
Motley Crue's Tommy Lee hijacks … and saves Brad Richards on Twitter.
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx engaged to supermodel Courtney Bingham.

In science:

We first propose a user-tunable de finition of diversity, and then present an a lgorithm, called MOTLEY, for producing a diverse result set as per this de finition.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
Through a detailed experimental evaluation on real and synthetic data, we show that MOTLEY can produce diverse result sets by reading only a small fraction of the tuples in the database.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
Motley adopt s a greedy heuristic and assumes the existence of a multidimensional index with containment property, such as the R-tree, which is natively available in today’s commercial database systems .
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
Through a detailed experimental evaluation on real and synthetic data, we show that Motley can produce a diverse result set by reading only a small fraction of the tuples in the database.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
While the algorithms and experiments presented in this paper are for databases where the diversity attributes are numeric, we also discuss in detail how the Motley algorithm can be extended to handle categorical attributes.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
We conducted a variety of experiments to evaluate the quality and efficiency of the Motley algorithm with regard to producing a diverse set of answers.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
Ten buffers, each of size 4 KB, were assigned to the R∗ tree, with random replacement policy (since no node is scanned twice in Motley, the replacement policy is not an issue).
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
We now move on to characterizing the quality of the result set provided by Motley, which is a greedy online algorithm, against an optimal off line algorithm.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
As can be seen in figure, the average case is almost optimal (note that the Y- axis of the graph begins from 0.8), indicating that Motley typically produces a close-to-optimal solution.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
We further investigated this issue by evaluating, for the cases where the Motley and optimal were different, the percentage of points that were common between the Motley result set and the optimal-set.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
Having established the high-quality of Motley answers, we now move on to evaluating its execution efficiency.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
An important point to note here is that the performance of the traditional KNN search, obtained by setting MinDiv = 0, is extremely good, indicating that Motley is a general algorithm that does not sacrifice performance on traditional KNN search in order to accommodate diversity goals.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
To further confirm this, we compared the performance of MOTLEY with respect to the reported performance of the Dyn KNN algorithm for Datasets 1 and 2, with K = 100.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
While for the small-sized Dataset 1, the number of tuples read by Dyn and MOTLEY were nearly the same, for the comparatively larger Dataset 2, the number of tuples read by Dyn was nearly 2% whereas MOTLEY reads only 0.5%.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
Figure 8(b) shows the percentage of time required by Motley with respect to sequential scan for different values of MinDiv for all three datasets.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results