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January 31, 2015 by Thought Economics   Comments (0)

How Creativity, Animation and Stories define us. In these exclusive interviews we speak to Ed Catmull (Co-Founder of Pixar Animation, and President of Walt Disney Animation Studios), Nick Park (Oscar Winning Writer, Director and Animator with Aardman Animation) and Jonathan Gottschall (A world expert in storytelling and Distinguished Research Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College). We discuss the fundamental role of storytelling in human existence, and learn...

Balancing privacy versus accuracy in research protocols

January 31, 2015 by Complexity Digest   Comments (0)

At birth, your data trail began. You were given a name, your height and weight were recorded, and probably a few pictures were taken. A few years later, you were enrolled in day care, you received your first birthday party invitation, and you were recorded in a census. Today, you have a Social Security or national ID number, bank accounts and credit cards, and a smart phone that always knows where you are. Perhaps you post family pictures on Facebook; tweet about politics; and reveal your...

Share Radio interview on what’s really going on in Greece

January 31, 2015 by Steve Keen's Debtwatch   Comments (0)

The latest in my regular conversations with Simon Rose of Share Radio. This time, to quote their blurb: Steve keen on why the Greek finance minister is fantastic, QE will not work, conventional economists have no idea how the real world works. listen to ‘Prof. Steve Keen on what’s really … Continue reading →

My Friend Yanis, The Greek Minister Of Finance

January 31, 2015 by Steve Keen's Debtwatch   Comments (0)

I first met Yanis Varoufakis when he was a senior lecturer (the 3rdstep in the 5-tiered Australian system, equivalent to a Professor in the USA) at Sydney University in the late 1980s, and I was a tutor (the 1st step) at the University of New South Wales. We’ve been friends … Continue reading →

Some Suggested Reading

January 31, 2015 by Econometrics Beat   Comments (0)

Bahoc, F., H. Leeb, and B. M. Potscher, 2014. Valid confidence intervals for post-model-selection predictors. Working Paper, Department of Statistics, University of Vienna.Baumeister, C. and J. D. Hamilton, 2014. Sign restrictions, structural vector autoregressions, and useful prior information. NBER Working Paper No. 20741.Bjerkholt, O., 2015. Fellowship elections in the Econometric Society 1933-1948. Working Paper, Department of Economics, University of Oslo.Deuchert, E. and M. Huber,...

Immutable Crisis Lies Ahead - Remarks On The Post-Election Actions Of Greece’s New Prime Minister And The Evil Pathology Enslaving All Of Europe

January 31, 2015 by Timing Logic   Comments (0)

I pilfered the above picture and it was lifted by someone else and so on and so on.   There is no original attribution so I’ll simply chalk up the attribution to the great people of Greece.   But I wanted to start this post with this graphic to show the absolute criminality of what is happening in Europe.   (Remember, this is only a nation of 11 million people.)  This is not a U.S. phenomena.   And it’s not a Greek phenomena.  It’s...

US market portrait 2015 week 5

January 31, 2015 by Burns Statistics   Comments (0)

US large cap market returns. Fine print The data are from Yahoo The S&P 500 stocks are used (as implied by Wikipedia on 2015 January 11) that still survive with the same symbol The initial post was “Replacing market indices” The R code is in marketportrait_funs.R — you are free to use these functions however you like

Dawn Of A New Politics In Europe?

January 31, 2015 by Steve Keen's Debtwatch   Comments (0)

About 40 years ago, one of Maggie Thatcher’s chief advisors remarked that he wouldn’t be satisfied when the Conservative Party was in government: he would only be happy when there were two conservative parties vying for office. He got his wish of course. Click here to read the rest of … Continue reading →

It’s All The Greeks’ Fault

January 30, 2015 by Steve Keen's Debtwatch   Comments (0)

The polls were right: Greece did elect Syriza, the left-wing coalition party (its name is actually a Greek acronym for “Coalition of the Radical Left”), bringing to power the first staunchly anti-austerity party in the EU, and the first element in their policy document is to “Write-off the greater part of public … Continue reading →

Unique in the shopping mall: On the reidentifiability of credit card metadata

January 30, 2015 by Complexity Digest   Comments (0)

Legislators, designers of legal information systems, as well as citizens face often problems due to the interdependence of the laws and the growing number of references needed to interpret them. Quantifying this complexity is not an easy task. In this paper, we introduce the "Legislation Network" as a novel approach to address related problems. We have collected an extensive data set of a more than 60-year old legislation corpus, as published in the Official Journal of the European Union, and...