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My sister isn’t “irrational”, her utility function just has large interaction terms.

What happens if, instead of doing a linear regression with sums of monomial terms, you do the complete opposite? Instead of regressing the phenomenon against  , you regressed the phenomenon against an explanation like  ? I first thought of this question several years ago whilst living … Continue reading

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Superadditivity

“The whole is more than the sum of the parts” Who says scientists are reductionistic? Any superadditive system—due to complexity, interaction terms, valuation by an Lₚ norm with 0<p<1, or some other reason—adds up to more in total than the … Continue reading

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