Tag Archives: optimisation

@UnlearningEcon lamented the deviations-from-Pangloss framing of neoclassical economics. Normal economic theories take perfection (optimality) as a starting point and ask how real-world “market imperfections” differ from the putative abstract-free-market ideal. (That “the free market” is an abstract ideal can be verified … Continue reading

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The Scenic Route

Years ago some friends and I took a roadtrip around the southeastern USA—Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. The scenery was beautiful in the Great Smoky Mountains. But for some reason, the friend who had rented the car had … Continue reading

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Slack Vectors, GPA, and Strategy

In the world of constrained optimisation (and let’s be realistic, what effort isn’t constrained?), slack vectors ask: “What happens if I push back the walls?” The canonical purpose of slack vectors is in sensitivity analysis, but I think the metaphor-that-exists-in-your-head-once-you-understand-slack-vectors applies … Continue reading

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Something Stupid That Stupid Magazines and Blogs Said Is True, Is Not True.

Peter Todd has been misquoted about the mathematics of dating here, here, here (here), here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and in at least five trillion issues of Cosmo. (Surprisingly, this and this did not misquote him.) It’s enough to make … Continue reading

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