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I wrote a little post about the war of attrition (game theory) with two players. It's intended mostly for a graduate audience:
mattwthomas.com/blog/war-of-at

All of this was in other places, but it took me a while to understand this fully and felt it was good to share it all in one place since it would have saved me a lot of time.

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I just finished a post about QF (quadratic finance) which some are pushing as the "mathematically optimal" way to fund open source.

mattwthomas.com/blog/fund-open

I hope to clear up some of the confusion that I've heard about it and point out some problems with the way that people outside of Economics are interpreting the original paper.

Ladybugs are the lion of the garden. Look at these fine bois feasting on scale insects (or aphids)

I created a python package to generate approximate solutions to Volterra and Fredholm integral equations of the first kind:

pypi.org/project/inteq/

I don't think there is another package that implements these routines. The Fredholm one isn't that great, but it's a difficult problem since uniqueness isn't guaranteed.

Does anyone know best practices for warning that data is for academic use only in a software package?

I am including a dataset with such a restriction in an R package.

The source code for R is pretty nice and easy to follow.

Announcing Meme It So! It's a Star Trek The Next Generation Meme and GIF Generator, inspired by Frinkiac.

It has every line of dialogue spoken on STTNG tied to screencaptures. Which makes it good for looking up lines as well.

memeit.so/

I wrote up another set of notes about game theory papers that I'm working through.

mattwthomas.com/blog/covert-di

This one is about putting handicaps in contests to make them more competitive. I'm particularly interested in anonymous/covert handicaps. A handicap like this is fair in the sense that everyone has the same rules. However, it can be designed to internationally advantage a particular player.

If you advertise that you can vest your retirement account in "angel investments", then you are deeply illegitimate.

Test 

$$∑_{i=1}^{n} \frac{1}{n} \to \log(n)$$

$$
\tilde{g}_{-i}(s) = \frac{c'_{i}(s)}{v_{i}(s; s)} - \int_0^s \frac{v'_{i}(s; y)}{v_{i}(s; s)} \tilde{g}_{-i}(y) dy
$$

I decided to make the text really big for desktop users on my site:
mattwthomas.com/

Does anyone like or dislike? I basically set the root font size to 20 if your screen is more than 800px wide.

For anyone who visits CBC's website, they now have a lighter version that is much, much smaller: CBC Lite

cbc.ca/lite

I wrote a little post about the war of attrition (game theory) with two players. It's intended mostly for a graduate audience:
mattwthomas.com/blog/war-of-at

All of this was in other places, but it took me a while to understand this fully and felt it was good to share it all in one place since it would have saved me a lot of time.

@floppy @verbumfeit @pcastela we are, just like wikipedia, operating not-for-profit. Our mission is to ensure freedom, build a free and safe home for Free and Open Source projects.

Death to endnotes, footnotes are the only acceptable way to insert parenthetical remarks.

Unless you're Ada Lovelace, in that case write your frickin magnum opus in the endnotes laying the foundation for all modern mechanical computation, that's fine.

But for the rest of us, please don't make us save our spot, flip to a page to read something, and then flip back.

Opinion: all modern languages should have builtin support for *basic* YAML syntax

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