Inequality mathematics

Wed 29 July 2015
This post describes the mathematics of inequality in income distributions. It is sufficiently abstract that it's applicable to wealth and many other distributions. You can find the ideas explained without mathematics in this post over on the Rational Intuition blog. The essential point is that commonly stated income fractions ...

Poverty

Thu 23 July 2015
A very pleasant Friday afternoon. My son and I went to the cinema, then had a good lunch at a cafe, with amazing baked-on-premises cake, and then browsed a few shops, coming away with a box set of Alien films and a Dr Who and the Web of Fear DVD ...

Notes on Piketty's famous book

Wed 17 June 2015
Here are some rather raw notes on my reading of Thomas Piketty's famous book Capital in the twenty-first century. Part one - Income and capital Chapter 1 - Income and output Domestic output equals GDP less depreciation; depreciation is significant, typically around 10% of GDP. National income is equal to domestic ...

Scottish government cuts?

Thu 28 May 2015
I was writing a blog post on education when I noticed something rather odd about the Scottish government's budget for 2015-16. In the overview I found on the Scottish government's website it states that the budget has been cut "as a result of the UK government's austerity ...

Good on you Linux Voice

Mon 25 May 2015
The year before last I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts and at the end the genial bunch of guys on it announced that it would be their last episode. I think I said WTF out loud ...

Pollsters and tossers

Sat 16 May 2015
I've written about pre-election polling quite a lot in the last year and although I promised not to blog about politics for a while, because I've had enough of misleading and inconsistent nonsense from politicians and parties such as... sorry, let me take my anti-rantimine pill... ah, that ...

General Election 2015 Scotland Results

Fri 08 May 2015
In my last post and the one before I made predictions on overall vote share and seats in Scotland for the 2015 General Election. Here's how they compared with the actual result. I predicted the SNP would get 43-48% of the vote and Labour would get 30-35%. In reality ...

General Election 2015 Scotland Constituency prediction

Thu 07 May 2015
In my last post I made a prediction on overall vote share and seats in Scotland for the 2015 General Election. I'm going to stick my neck out even further and make a prediction on which parties will win the Scottish constituencies. I'm prepared to be laughed at ...

General Election 2015 Scotland prediction

Fri 01 May 2015
I'm going to take a stab at predicting the results of the 2015 General Election in Scotland. There are two aspects which make doing so extremely difficult: how many undecideds are there, and how might they vote? to what extent will tactical voting take place? The undecideds The undecideds ...

Solar co-ordinate fun

Fri 24 April 2015
Transforming co-ordinate systems between pixel images and the surface of a sphere is probably not most peoples' idea of fun, but I enjoy it. To sugar the pill take a look at this fabulous image: The Sun in ultraviolet ...

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