Prediction may be very troublesome, particularly in regards to the future.Frequent citation, variously attributed to Yogi Berra, Niels Bohr, Mark Twain and others.

**Introduction**

In Isaac Asimov’s well-known science fiction novel *Basis*, a gaggle of scientists within the distant future led by Hari Seldon uncover a mathematical technique to foretell the course of future occasions, anticipating the collapse of the reigning Galactic Empire into a brand new Darkish Age. Armed with the mathematical strategies of Hari Seldon’s “psychohistory,” the scientists create a Basis on the sting of the Galaxy that saves civilization from the prophesied Darkish Age. The notion that arithmetic can be utilized to foretell human conduct in economics, finance, politics, and plenty of different fields and actions has nice enchantment. With the unfold of more and more highly effective computer systems, complicated mathematical fashions of economics, finance, and different human actions have turn out to be increasingly more frequent. Typically, the motives are a lot much less admirable than the selfless tremendous scientists of Asimov’s story. Typically, too, the accuracy and efficiency of the mathematical fashions has been a lot much less spectacular than Asimov’s fictional new science of psychohistory.

In the previous few years, complicated fashions of the worth of mortgage backed securities have confirmed disastrously incorrect, a significant contributing issue to the Nice Recession, the current monetary disaster. That is solely the most recent in a succession of such failures in quantitative finance. Equally, many refined econometric fashions of the financial system have confirmed unreliable. To the extent that these fashions are shaping public coverage, private and company funding selections, and so forth, the pitfalls of mathematical modeling and seemingly abstruse points within the philosophy of science equivalent to Karl Popper‘s doctrine of falsifiability are having a considerable impression on individuals and society.

In actual fact, making use of mathematical fashions to economics, finance, and different human actions is particularly treacherous. All mathematical modeling suffers from the deep downside that one can assemble an infinite vary of capabilities that approximate present observations and information arbitrarily nicely and but make any and all attainable predictions about attainable new observations. In observe, human beings use varied criterion to pick out mathematical fashions which are prone to be true, lots of which criterion can’t be justified in any rigorous or rational approach and a few of which criterion are troublesome to establish (instinct, “that simply doesn’t really feel proper”, “God doesn’t play cube with the universe.”). Nonetheless, human judgment has a excessive error price, although certainly far more correct than a blind guess.

Along with this pervasive downside, most of the assumptions utilized in making use of mathematical fashions to bodily processes such because the movement of the planets or radioactive decay certainly don’t apply to economics, finance, or different types of human conduct. Our expectation is that the movement of the planets is ruled by the identical “legal guidelines” immediately as final 12 months or final decade or in 1605 when Johannes Kepler first acknowledged the elliptical orbits of the planets. Certainly, this regularity of many pure phenomenon is strongly born out by expertise. Then again, the financial system or monetary markets or different human actions change and evolve. Nonetheless imperfectly, human beings study from errors, develop new applied sciences and processes. Human beings are herd animals and vulnerable to fads and fashions that don’t have any parallel in bodily phenomena. One wouldn’t anticipate the marketplace for gold to be the identical immediately as in 1960 and it was not. The worth of gold was mounted by the US federal authorities in 1960 and immediately it isn’t.

This text takes a have a look at the value of gold since 1970 when america ended the gold normal. Gold is at the moment rising sharply in value because it did within the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. This text will present how it’s attainable to assemble many alternative purely symbolic mathematical fashions of the value of gold that make completely different predictions. Certainly, one can cook dinner up no matter prediction one would love. The article will even talk about the intense issues with making use of the mathematical strategies of physics and different “exhausting” sciences to the value of gold as a selected instance of a normal downside.

**Arithmetic for Goldfinger**

With the collapse of the Bretton-Woods international change system (1968-1971), the value of gold, beforehand mounted to the US greenback, was allowed to drift free. Since 1970 the value of an oz. of gold in US {dollars} has risen considerably.

America authorities reviews a client value index (CPI) that’s presupposed to mirror the price of dwelling in US {dollars} for a typical US citizen. Though there are some causes to be skeptical in regards to the accuracy of the CPI in recent times, this text will use the CPI as a proxy for the general value stage in america.

One can see that the CPI has usually risen at a better price since america ended the gold normal in 1970. This additionally corresponds to a interval of general rising power costs and really restricted progress in energy and propulsion applied sciences. Many different areas have seen comparatively restricted scientific and technological progress throughout this era. Computer systems and electronics have, in fact, continued their historic pattern of speedy progress to the current.

Traditionally, the US inflation price was excessive throughout the intervals of World Struggle I and World Struggle II, however in any other case usually decrease than the current interval, since 1970. The official inflation price, the speed of enhance of the CPI, was particularly excessive throughout the Nineteen Seventies, a interval of sharp will increase in nominal and actual power costs. The inflation price derived from the CPI in recent times doesn’t appear to mirror the frequent expertise of rising power costs for the reason that late Nineties. Nor does it present any proof of the sharp rise in housing costs within the US from 2002 to 2005; by many estimates, housing costs in city areas stay excessive in comparison with the historic pattern.

Traders are usually taken with the actual inflation-adjusted worth of an funding. The worth of gold in actual phrases fluctuated considerably throughout the interval of the gold normal however has fluctuated far more since 1970. Notably notable is the massive spike in the actual and nominal value of gold within the early 1980’s. In actual phrases, the present rise in gold value has not reached the extent of the spike within the early 1980’s. If inflation has been larger than the official CPI, the present actual value of gold could be even decrease than the spike within the early Eighties.

One can assemble a easy symbolic mathematical mannequin of the actual value of gold since 1970 (the gold normal disintegrated between 1968 and August 1971 when the US authorities ended any try to tie the greenback to gold) through the use of a polynomial with a number of phrases:

[tex] [mathrm{p}left( tright) =c,{t}^{2}+b,t+a] [/tex]

The place [tex]mathrm{p}left( tright)[/tex] is the gold value as a operate of the time [tex]t[/tex]. This can be a easy mathematical mannequin with little real-world justification. It can, in actual fact, make grossly unrealistic predictions that ought to name it into query. A polynomial mannequin of the time collection of actual gold costs is:

[tex] [mathrm{p}left( tright) =l,{t}^{11}+k,{t}^{10}+j,{t}^{9}+i,{t}^{8}+h,{t}^{7}][/tex]

[tex][ + g,{t}^{6}+f,{t}^{5}+e,{t}^{4}+d,{t}^{3}+c,{t}^{2}+b,t+a][/tex]

One can approximate any steady operate as precisely as one would love with a sum of a collection of powers. The issue is {that a} energy equivalent to [tex] t^{12} [/tex] will develop with out certain because the impartial variable [tex] t [/tex] grows. That is often fairly unrealistic. This can be a easy illustration of the distinction between a symbolic mathematical mannequin of actuality and our frequent sense day by day sense of actuality.

**Apocalypse or Gold Bubble?**

Many different mathematical fashions are attainable. In actual fact, there are an infinite variety of capabilities or curves that agree with the info throughout the interval from 1970 to 2009. On this approach, one can predict something. In mathematical fashions of bodily phenomenon, it’s common to attempt to assemble the mannequin from a set of constructing block capabilities, or extra usually phrases equivalent to phrases in a differential equation. This can be arbitrary or justified by arguing that the constructing blocks signify basic constructing blocks of the bodily course of in a roundabout way. In observe, one is attempting to seize regularities within the information that will recur in new information. For instance, the place of a pendulum is periodic; it repeats time and again. Easy harmonic movement of this kind was one of many first sorts of conduct understood mathematically by the ancients. One can assemble fashions of the gold value information that agree with the info fairly nicely by eye utilizing a set of peaks quite than periodic capabilities. One would possibly, for instance, signify the seeming peaks within the gold value information because the Gaussian or Regular operate, generally known as the “Bell Curve,”

[tex][ N(t, mu, sigma) = frac{1.0}{sqrt{2pi},sigma} {{e}^{-frac{1.0,{left( t-muright) }^{2}}{{sigma}^{2}}} }][/tex]

A quite simple mannequin is the sum of two Gaussians:

[tex] [mathrm{p}left( tright) = A_1N(t,mu_1,sigma_1) + A_2 N(t, mu_2, sigma_2) ] [/tex]

This straightforward mannequin with two Gaussians doesn’t agree very nicely with the info. It predicts the next future efficiency:

It predicts that the actual value of gold will peak in about 2025 after which drop. One can get significantly better settlement between the mannequin and the gold value information by including extra Gaussians, loosely comparable to the obvious gold peaks in about 1974, 1982, 1987, 1993, and immediately. The spike in 1982 is particularly sharp and might higher be approximated by combining two Gaussians.

Now the settlement by eye is significantly better. The curves seem basically the identical. This mannequin makes a unique prediction.

This mannequin predicts a peak in actual gold costs in only a few years, about 2012, adopted by a decline to basically zero. One can get considerably completely different predictions just by utilizing a unique operate to mannequin the peaks within the gold value. For instance, one can use the Cauchy-Lorentz distribution as a mannequin for the peaks:

[tex][mathrm{C}left( t,mu,sigmaright) =frac{1}{frac{{left( x-muright) }^{2}}{{sigma}^{2}}+1}][/tex]

the place [tex]t[/tex] is the time (12 months on this case), [tex] mu [/tex] is the placement of the height, and [tex] sigma [/tex] is a measure of the width or *dispersion *of the height. Initially, one can attempt a mannequin with two peaks:

[tex] [mathrm{p}left( tright) = A_1C(t,mu_1,sigma_1) + A_2 C(t, mu_2, sigma_2) ] [/tex]

This mannequin appears similar to the 2 Gaussian mannequin. It predicts one thing completely different nevertheless.

On this case, the value of gold trails off slowly as an alternative of dropping to basically zero in a couple of decade. This can be a distinction between the Gaussian and the Cauchy-Lorentz capabilities. In fact, the settlement between the mannequin and information will not be excellent. One in all probability wouldn’t and mustn’t belief it. One can obtain higher settlement with extra peaks, simply as within the Gaussian fashions.

Now the settlement is nearly precise by eye. The prediction nevertheless differs from the seven Gaussian mannequin.

Once more, the value of gold trails off slowly over a interval of many years as a result of distinction between the Gaussian and Cauchy-Lorentz peak fashions. In actual fact, one can get basically any prediction by selecting the suitable mathematical mannequin. How cheap are these predictions? There are a number of theories in regards to the current rise in gold costs. One clear contender is that the gold value rise within the final decade is one more speculative monetary bubble. On this state of affairs, one would anticipate the value of gold to drop considerably inside a decade. One may also argue that the sharp run-up in gold costs will encourage overproduction of gold and the event of higher gold refining, recycling applied sciences, alternate options to gold, and even maybe the alchemist’s dream of changing base metals into gold (utilizing nuclear reactors for instance). On the different excessive, the rise in gold costs is tied to apocalyptic situations wherein the US and different governments go bankrupt as a consequence of deficit spending and the greenback and different paper currencies turns into as worthless because the German mark throughout the notorious German hyperinflation. Thus, the actual inflation-adjusted value of gold spikes as traders search an inflation proof haven. Sadly, civilization collapses. Gold and different luxurious objects turn out to be worthless within the bitter Darwinian battle for survival within the post-apocalyptic world. Probably the most worthwhile possessions are a gun, ammunition, and a big horde of dried meals — all bought from advertisers on Alex Jones website. In both state of affairs, gold ultimately tanks.

All kidding apart, it’s often attainable to search out technically refined, believable justifications for mathematical fashions. Often doesn’t imply at all times. The conduct of the polynomial fashions is grossly unrealistic. How possible is it that the value of gold would go *detrimental*, not to mention extraordinarily detrimental — that means that folks could be paying giant sums of cash to eliminate gold? The proof that the Earth is almost spherical with a diameter of about 8000 miles may be very robust. Any argument that the Earth is absolutely flat is extraordinarily troublesome to make within the current day. Most of us are fairly assured that the Solar will set immediately and rise once more tomorrow and proceed to take action for a lot of, a few years to return. There may be *some *data that’s fairly sure. There are *some* mathematical fashions which have confirmed extraordinarily correct and dependable.

Nonetheless, it’s often attainable to search out believable arguments for mathematical fashions and conceptual theories. One can often clarify away even grossly contradictory — “falsifying” within the language of Karl Popper — observations or experiments in a technically refined, believable approach. This may create the phantasm {that a} principle or mathematical mannequin falls into the class of virtually sure data, our frequent sense notion of a reality. As soon as upon a time, many individuals believed that it was a indisputable fact that the Earth was flat. How may it probably be a sphere? Political energy, social standing, and sizable funding are inclined to stream to those that declare certainty, to know exhausting info quite than speculative theories. In frequent pondering, an professional is somebody who says “I do know the reply.” not somebody who says “I don’t know.”

Scientists and science popularizers typically search to advertise reigning scientific theories to the extent of “virtually sure” data or “info,” equivalent to that the Earth is roughly spherical or the historic reality of the Holocaust. These latter two are the most typical analogies cited within the well-liked science literature. Scientific theories are mentioned to be supported by “overwhelming proof.” There’s a “consensus” that the idea is appropriate. The speculation is now not a principle, however a reality. In debates about evolution and creation, one encounters the curious declare that evolution is a falsifiable principle, that creationism or “clever design” will not be falsifiable and thus not scientific, and that evolution can also be a reality past any cheap dispute or falsification. More and more, malcontents or die-hards who query the “consensus” are “deniers” or “denialists” in analogy to Holocaust deniers, an especially emotional analogy certainly. There at the moment are evolution deniers, AIDS deniers, international warming deniers, and a rising record of different deniers. But, sure data is comparatively uncommon particularly within the frontiers of science.

Within the case of gold, one could make a robust argument that the fashions above are unlikely to be appropriate. There’s a sure basic demand for gold for industrial makes use of, in electronics for instance. There’s a lengthy historical past of individuals shopping for gold for jewellery. The financial and political issues, the fears and the greed, which have traditionally pushed the fluctuations within the value of gold are prone to proceed via the twenty first century. Thus, one ought to doubt fashions that present the actual value of gold dropping to zero or practically zero. But, each symbolic arithmetic and verbal reasoning allow one to make a believable argument that it will occur, supported by fancy symbolic arithmetic and technical graphs.

**A Deep Downside**

It’s at all times attainable to completely match or match any set of [tex]N[/tex] information factors utilizing a linear mixture of a minimum of [tex]N[/tex] linearly impartial capabilities. Underneath many circumstances, a operate or composition of constructing block capabilities with [tex]N[/tex] adjustable parameters also can match or match any set of [tex]N[/tex] information factors. As well as, with creativity and trial and error, one can typically assemble mathematical fashions with lower than [tex]N[/tex] parameters or constructing block capabilities that nonetheless do an excellent job of matching or becoming [tex]N[/tex] information factors. These fashions might typically fail to foretell future information or information that lies exterior of the area used to make the mannequin or match.

Typically, a composition of a set of constructing block capabilities has a type of plasticity, a sure capacity to match any information to some extent. If there are [tex]N[/tex] constructing block capabilities or adjustable parameters and [tex]N[/tex] information factors, this plasticity might be rigorously proven to be basically infinite, that’s the mannequin can at all times match any set of [tex]N[/tex] information factors. The thinker of science Karl Popper known as such fashions or theories unfalsifiable. They will by no means be confirmed fallacious. They predict every little thing and due to this fact in addition they predict nothing. In contrast to well-liked displays of his doctrine of falsifiability, Popper acknowledged that falsifiability was typically not a black and white distinction. There have been levels of falsifiability and he tried to outline some logical and quantitative criterion for the diploma of falsifiability. What this implies is {that a} mathematical mannequin or principle with [tex]M[/tex] adjustable parameters the place [tex]M[/tex] is lower than the variety of information factors [tex]N[/tex] should still match a broad class of attainable observations or information. It may be falsified, maybe, however solely with nice issue. There may be, within the examples above, a number of freedom to match many alternative units of information with seven peaks within the mannequin. The fashions have 21 adjustable parameters and there are 40 information factors (40 years). Though the fashions can’t precisely match all units of 40 information factors, nonetheless they’re prone to be ok for many functions. Remaining variations between the info and the fashions can simply be attributed to noise, measurement errors, or some related excuse.

In physics, there are some examples of very giant information units that match quite simple mathematical formulation. The motions of the planets within the Photo voltaic System conform to Kepler’s Legal guidelines and Newton’s principle of gravitation to a really excessive diploma. This isn’t essentially true for the movement of stars within the Milky Manner galaxy, galaxies in galactic clusters and so forth. A deviation from Newtonian gravity is a attainable rationalization for the anomalies typically cited as proof for so-called “darkish matter” or “darkish power.” So too, there is a gigantic quantity of quantitative information on the vibration of springs and strings, the movement of pendulums, easy radioactive decays, and varied different bodily phenomena that present exact matches to easy mathematical expressions equivalent to Hooke’s Legislation for springs or exponential decay for radioactive decay. It’s truthful to say that the quantity of information factors is now within the hundreds of thousands or extra and the fashions have only some adjustable parameters such because the half-life of a radioactive isotope. Consequently, it’s in all probability cheap to have a excessive diploma of confidence in these fashions. On the different excessive, it’s clear that we must always put no confidence within the predictive energy of fashions with as many adjustable parameters or constructing block capabilities because the variety of information factors.

In lots of conditions nevertheless together with the frontiers of human data and infrequently areas like economics, the state of affairs falls right into a grey space. The theories, each symbolic mathematical fashions and conceptual fashions, could also be complicated, however not so complicated as to be clearly “unfalsifiable.” The quantity of information could also be restricted or of questionable high quality, however nonetheless not clearly insufficient to attract conclusions. It’s right here that defective human judgment is in observe utilized, partially as a result of human judgment, fallible although it undoubtedly is, remains to be the most suitable choice, extra dependable than symbolic arithmetic or laptop applications in lots of circumstances. In establishing mathematical fashions in these circumstances, human judgment is usually hidden within the definition of the symbols and the selection of constructing block capabilities or different mathematical parts used within the mannequin.

Economics, finance, politics and different human actions are particularly treacherous areas for mathematical modeling. The mathematical and scientific strategies utilized in physics and different “exhausting” sciences have been developed to check extremely repeatable phenomena that don’t seem to vary appreciably over time. For instance, a “truthful” coin will come up heads when flipped on common half the time, tails half the time. This was true within the early days of chance and statistics throughout the Renaissance. It’s true immediately. Honest video games of likelihood work the identical approach immediately as yesterday, final 12 months, final century, and presumably 1000’s of years in the past or sooner or later. One can acquire huge quantities of information on these video games. Equally, bodily phenomena such because the movement of the planets, radioactive decay, and so forth seem to behave the identical approach time after time. They don’t evolve, study from errors, neglect classes realized, or all of a sudden change for obscure causes. None of that is true of a lot financial or monetary information.

Within the instance of gold, the conduct of gold modified radically from 1968 to August 1971 when the gold normal ended. Since 1970, there have been intensive political, financial, and technological adjustments that in all probability impact the value of gold. The Chilly Struggle ended. Apartheid in gold producing South Africa ended, adopted by a big exodus of the white minority who dominated the mining business. The usage of electronics has elevated; gold is utilized in electronics. Ladies’s fashions in clothes and jewellery have modified. The terrorist assaults of September 11, 2001 in all probability contributed to normal unease and the rise in gold costs. In opposition to these many adjustments, there’s solely forty years of information on gold costs. Each day gold costs are correlated and gold appears to comply with traits over a number of years, seemingly rising and falling in peaks. Thus, there’s very restricted information to investigate in comparison with a bodily course of. On the identical time, one nonetheless has the liberty to assemble many alternative mathematical fashions, theoretically an infinite quantity.

This capacity to assemble many alternative fashions that agree with observations or experiment however which make fairly completely different predictions will not be an issue distinctive to symbolic mathematical fashions. Somewhat, we encounter the identical or an identical downside in on a regular basis life, in politics, in private relationships, the place ideas, phrases, and footage are the norm quite than symbolic arithmetic with its phantasm of certainty. It happens when opposing attorneys are capable of current radically completely different interpretations of the identical proof in a court docket case. It happens when political activists clarify the identical occasions in radically completely different ways in which virtually at all times verify their beliefs. It happens in disputes between co-workers the place every sees the identical occasion or downside fairly in another way (it’s all *your *fault). It happens in conflicts between husbands and wives when every sees the identical occasions in another way. If verbal ideas and psychological footage are literally mathematical fashions maintained within the mind (however not in a symbolic approach), then it could be precisely the identical downside as that encountered in mathematical modeling.

There is no such thing as a doubt that human judgment is defective and restricted. In some comparatively uncommon circumstances arithmetic or formal logic can clearly outperform human judgment. Nonetheless, in lots of conditions, human judgment and instinct nonetheless win out over arithmetic, formal logic, or laptop applications. It stays an unsolved and maybe unsolvable downside to discover a approach to choose the appropriate mannequin that, in actual fact, predicts new observations as nicely and even higher than human judgment.

The character and origin of human judgment and instinct stays an enigma. Governments have spent billions of {dollars} and many years on synthetic intelligence within the largely futile effort to duplicate even generally seemingly easy features of human reasoning. Human beings typically can’t clarify both verbally or in symbolic logical or mathematical methods their profitable reasoning processes. Historic students and philosophers would possibly attribute their concepts to divine inspiration or mystical perception. Certainly historic accounts of innovations and discoveries are replete with reported sudden insights or realizations such because the well-known story of Archimedes in his bathtub all of a sudden realizing how you can decide the gold content material of the King’s crown with out destroying the crown after which racing bare via the streets of Syracuse shouting “Heureka!” One might marvel what Archimedes feared the King would do to him if he had failed to unravel the issue. The trendy scientific view would in all probability attribute this capacity of the human thoughts to search out the appropriate reply to an anthropic or evolutionary trigger. Our mind incorporates billions of years of evolution and is thus tuned to the mysterious underlying logical or mathematical construction of the universe.

**Conclusion**

You will need to notice that one can assemble an infinite variety of mathematical fashions that match a set of information. In some sense, one can assemble a good “bigger” variety of mathematical fashions that match a set of information “nicely sufficient,” the place remaining variations can simply be attributed to noise, instrument error, or minor results that may be ignored for sensible functions. In highschool and faculty, one is usually uncovered to arithmetic and geometry as a rigorous deductive system. The epitome of that is Euclid’s geometry which many individuals are uncovered to in highschool; highschool math programs usually train the primary three of Euclid’s 13 books. One begins with axioms and definitions that always appear self-evident, with the attainable exception of the so-called parallel postulate. One can apply a sequence of logical steps to get a exact unambiguous reply. Equally, highschool and faculty science programs steadily focus totally on extraordinarily well-measured phenomena equivalent to vibrating springs or radioactive decay that exactly comply with easy mathematical legal guidelines. Scientists are sometimes described as “deriving,” “determining,” or “deducing” mathematical legal guidelines equivalent to Newton’s Idea of Gravitation, Maxwell’s Equations of Electromagnetism, or Schrodinger’s Equation for quantum mechanics. The implication is that these mathematical theories might be discovered by the appliance of rigorous mathematical or logical guidelines, a lot in the way in which that theorems in Euclidean geometry are confirmed. This has an ideal enchantment in comparison with messy, fallible human judgment and instinct. However the actuality is that the theories have been discovered via the appliance of messy, fallible human judgment and instinct, maybe assisted by some arithmetic, by mannequin becoming strategies, and so forth, however ultimately it was mysterious human judgment and instinct.

If we may perceive what human beings are literally doing, this is able to be an ideal advance. It might be a good larger advance to discover a approach to enhance human judgment and instinct, which is actually fairly fallible.

Within the meantime, it’s significantly hazardous to attempt to apply mathematical modeling to economics, finance, and human conduct. This doesn’t imply that we must always not attempt. Nor does it imply that there might not be successes in making use of arithmetic to human exercise. Certainly, in economics, there are some mathematical guidelines of thumb which are typically appropriate. It’s, for instance, usually noticed that inflation is decrease when unemployment is larger; this relation loosely follows a mathematical curve. Nonetheless, we’re a really lengthy distance from a predictive mathematical technique similar to Isaac Asimov’s fictional psychohistory if that is even attainable. Most individuals don’t assume in arithmetic; can human conduct actually be decreased to arithmetic?

The current monetary disaster illustrates that these seemingly abstruse problems with mathematical fashions can impression the lives of many individuals and organizations. That is, if something, prone to enhance with rising reliance on computer systems and mathematical fashions applied in laptop software program and {hardware}. There stays no larger knowledge than the traditional Latin saying: *Caveat Emptor *(Purchaser Beware).

**Observe: **An appendix with the technical particulars of the evaluation and plots offered above follows the Urged Studying/References part under. This consists of the uncooked information, the fashions, and the Octave scripts used to suit the fashions to the annual gold value information. This text is primarily for informational and academic functions. It isn’t funding recommendation.

Copyright © 2010 John F. McGowan, Ph.D.

**Concerning the Creator**

John F. McGowan, Ph.D. is a software program developer, analysis scientist, and guide. He works primarily within the space of complicated algorithms that embody superior mathematical and logical ideas, together with speech recognition and video compression applied sciences. He has intensive expertise creating software program in C, C++, Visible Fundamental, Mathematica, MATLAB, and plenty of different programming languages. He’s in all probability finest identified for his AVI Overview, an Web FAQ (Continuously Requested Questions) on the Microsoft AVI (Audio Video Interleave) file format. He has labored as a contractor at NASA Ames Analysis Heart concerned within the analysis and improvement of picture and video processing algorithms and know-how. He has revealed articles on the origin and evolution of life, the exploration of Mars (anticipating the invention of methane on Mars), and low cost entry to house. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Know-how (Caltech). He might be reached at [email protected].

**Urged Studying/References**

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Paul Feyerabend, *In opposition to Methodology (third Version), *Verso, 1993

Thomas Kuhn, *The Construction of Scientific Revolutions, *College Of Chicago Press; third version (December 15, 1996)

John D. Barrow and Frank J. Tipler, *The Anthropic Cosmological Precept, *Oxford College Press, New York, 1986

Isaac Asimov, *Basis*, Spectra; Revised version (October 1, 1991)

Roger Lowenstein, *When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Lengthy Time period Capital Administration*,* *Random Home, New York, 2000

Emanuel Derman, *My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance, *John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2004* *

Charles MacKay, *Extraordinary Well-liked Delusions and the Insanity of Crowds, *Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York, 1932 (first revealed in London in 1841)

Robert J. Shiller, *Irrational Exuberance*, Broadway Books, New York, 2000

Dean Baker, *False Income: Recovering from the Bubble Financial system*, Polipoint Press (January 15, 2010)

Michael Specter, *Denialism: how irrational pondering hinders scientific progress, harms the planet, and threatens our lives, *Penguin Press, 2009

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**Appendix: Technical Particulars**

The annual gold value information used on this article is from the World Gold Council. Right here is the precise uncooked information.

1900 20.67 4.25 o 1900 8.14 0.037941643 544.78 1913-01-01 0.10 1901 20.67 4.25 o 1901 8.24 0.038407756 538.17 1913-01-02 0.10 1902 20.67 4.25 o 1902 8.34 0.03887387 531.72 1913-01-03 0.10 1903 20.67 4.25 o 1903 8.53 0.039759485 519.88 1913-01-04 0.10 1904 20.67 4.25 o 1904 8.63 0.040225599 513.85 1913-01-05 0.10 1905 20.67 4.25 o 1905 8.53 0.039759485 519.88 1913-01-06 0.10 1906 20.67 4.25 o 1906 8.72 0.040645101 508.55 1913-01-07 0.10 1907 20.67 4.25 o 1907 9.11 0.042462944 486.78 1913-01-08 0.10 1908 20.67 4.25 o 1908 8.92 0.041577328 497.15 1913-01-09 0.10 1909 20.67 4.25 o 1909 8.82 0.041111215 502.78 1913-01-10 0.10 1910 20.67 4.25 o 1910 9.21 0.042929058 481.49 1913-01-11 0.10 1911 20.67 4.25 o 1911 9.21 0.042929058 481.49 1913-01-12 0.10 1912 20.67 4.25 o 1912 9.4 0.043814673 471.76 1914-01-01 0.10 1913 20.67 4.25 12/31/1913 1913 9.6 0.04630723 446.37 10 1914-01-02 0.10 1914 20.67 4.25 12/31/1914 1914 9.69 0.046770302 441.95 10.1 1914-01-03 0.10 1915 20.67 4.25 12/31/1915 1915 9.74 0.047696447 433.37 10.3 1914-01-04 0.10 1916 20.67 4.25 12/31/1916 1916 10.64 0.053716387 384.80 11.6 1914-01-05 0.10 1917 20.67 4.25 12/31/1917 1917 12.82 0.063440905 325.82 13.7 1914-01-06 0.10 1918 20.67 4.25 12/31/1918 1918 15.06 0.076406929 270.53 16.5 1914-01-07 0.10 1919 20.67 4.50 12/31/1919 1919 17.3 0.087520665 236.17 18.9 1914-01-08 0.10 1920 20.67 5.60 12/31/1920 1920 20.04 0.089836026 230.09 19.4 1914-01-09 0.10 1921 20.67 5.35 12/31/1921 1921 17.9 0.080111508 258.02 17.3 1914-01-10 0.10 1922 20.67 4.69 12/31/1922 1922 16.77 0.078259219 264.12 16.9 1914-01-11 0.10 1923 20.67 4.51 12/31/1923 1923 17.07 0.080111508 258.02 17.3 1914-01-12 0.10 1924 20.67 4.68 12/31/1924 1924 17.1 0.080111508 258.02 17.3 1915-01-01 0.10 1925 20.67 4.25 12/31/1925 1925 17.53 0.082889942 249.37 17.9 1915-01-02 0.10 1926 20.67 4.25 12/31/1926 1926 17.7 0.081963797 252.18 17.7 1915-01-03 0.10 1927 20.67 4.25 12/31/1927 1927 17.37 0.080111508 258.02 17.3 1915-01-04 0.10 1928 20.67 4.25 12/31/1928 1928 17.13 0.079185363 261.03 17.1 1915-01-05 0.10 1929 20.67 4.25 12/31/1929 1929 17.13 0.079648436 259.52 17.2 1915-01-06 0.10 1930 20.67 4.25 12/31/1930 1930 16.7 0.07455464 277.25 16.1 1915-01-07 0.10 1931 20.67 4.25 12/31/1931 1931 15.23 0.067608556 305.73 14.6 1915-01-08 0.10 1932 20.67 5.90 12/31/1932 1932 13.66 0.060662471 340.74 13.1 1915-01-09 0.10 1933 20.67 6.24 12/31/1933 1933 12.96 0.061125544 338.16 13.2 1915-01-10 0.10 1934 35.00 6.88 12/31/1934 1934 13.39 0.062051688 564.05 13.4 1915-01-11 0.10 1935 35.00 7.11 12/31/1935 1935 13.73 0.063903977 547.70 13.8 1915-01-12 0.10 1936 35.00 7.02 12/31/1936 1936 13.86 0.064830122 539.87 14 1916-01-01 0.10 1937 35.00 7.04 12/31/1937 1937 14.36 0.066682411 524.88 14.4 1916-01-02 0.10 1938 35.00 7.13 12/31/1938 1938 14.09 0.064830122 539.87 14 1916-01-03 0.11 1939 35.00 7.72 12/31/1939 1939 13.89 0.064830122 539.87 14 1916-01-04 0.11 1940 35.00 8.40 12/31/1940 1940 14.03 0.065293194 536.04 14.1 1916-01-05 0.11 1941 35.00 8.40 12/31/1941 1941 14.73 0.071776206 487.63 15.5 1916-01-06 0.11 1942 35.00 8.40 12/31/1942 1942 16.3 0.078259219 447.23 16.9 1916-01-07 0.11 1943 35.00 8.40 12/31/1943 1943 17.3 0.08057458 434.38 17.4 1916-01-08 0.11 1944 35.00 8.40 12/31/1944 1944 17.6 0.082426869 424.62 17.8 1916-01-09 0.11 1945 35.00 8.61 12/31/1945 1945 18 0.084279159 415.29 18.2 1916-01-10 0.11 1946 35.00 8.61 12/31/1946 1946 19.54 0.099560544 351.54 21.5 1916-01-11 0.12 1947 35.00 8.61 12/31/1947 1947 22.34 0.108358918 323.00 23.4 1916-01-12 0.12 1948 35.00 8.68 12/31/1948 1948 24.08 0.111600424 313.62 24.1 1917-01-01 0.12 1949 35.00 9.40 12/31/1949 1949 23.85 0.109285063 320.26 23.6 1917-01-02 0.12 1950 35.00 12.50 12/31/1950 1950 24.08 0.115768075 302.33 25 1917-01-03 0.12 1951 35.00 12.50 12/31/1951 1951 25.98 0.122714159 285.22 26.5 1917-01-04 0.13 1952 35.00 12.50 12/31/1952 1952 26.55 0.123640304 283.08 26.7 1917-01-05 0.13 1953 35.00 12.50 12/31/1953 1953 26.75 0.124566449 280.97 26.9 1917-01-06 0.13 1954 35.00 12.50 12/31/1954 1954 26.88 0.123640304 283.08 26.7 1917-01-07 0.13 1955 35.00 12.50 12/31/1955 1955 26.78 0.124103376 282.02 26.8 1917-01-08 0.13 1956 35.00 12.50 12/31/1956 1956 27.18 0.127807955 273.85 27.6 1917-01-09 0.13 1957 35.00 12.50 12/31/1957 1957 28.15 0.131512533 266.13 28.4 1917-01-10 0.14 1958 35.00 12.50 12/31/1958 1958 28.92 0.133827895 261.53 28.9 1917-01-11 0.14 1959 35.00 12.50 12/31/1959 1959 29.16 0.136143256 257.08 29.4 1917-01-12 0.14 1960 35.00 12.50 12/31/1960 1960 29.62 0.137995545 253.63 29.8 1918-01-01 0.14 1961 35.00 12.50 12/31/1961 1961 29.92 0.13892169 251.94 30 1918-01-02 0.14 1962 35.00 12.50 12/31/1962 1962 30.26 0.140773979 248.63 30.4 1918-01-03 0.14 1963 35.00 12.50 12/31/1963 1963 30.62 0.143089341 244.60 30.9 1918-01-04 0.14 1964 35.00 12.50 12/31/1964 1964 31.03 0.144478557 242.25 31.2 1918-01-05 0.15 1965 35.00 12.50 12/31/1965 1965 31.56 0.147256991 237.68 31.8 1918-01-06 0.15 1966 35.00 12.50 12/31/1966 1966 32.46 0.152350787 229.73 32.9 1918-01-07 0.15 1967 35.00 12.65 12/31/1967 1967 33.4 0.15698151 222.96 33.9 1918-01-08 0.15 1968 38.94 16.23 12/31/1968 1968 34.8 0.164390666 236.87 35.5 1918-01-09 0.16 1969 40.76 16.98 12/31/1969 1969 36.67 0.174578257 233.48 37.7 1918-01-10 0.16 1970 36.07 15.03 12/31/1970 1970 38.84 0.184302775 195.71 39.8 1918-01-11 0.16 1971 41.17 16.91 12/31/1971 1971 40.51 0.190322715 216.32 41.1 1918-01-12 0.17 1972 59.00 23.58 12/31/1972 1972 41.85 0.196805727 299.79 42.5 1919-01-01 0.17 1973 97.84 39.90 12/31/1973 1973 44.45 0.213939402 457.33 46.2 1919-01-02 0.16 1974 158.96 67.96 12/31/1974 1974 49.33 0.240334523 661.41 51.9 1919-01-03 0.16 1975 160.91 72.42 12/31/1975 1975 53.84 0.257005126 626.10 55.5 1919-01-04 0.17 1976 124.71 69.05 12/31/1976 1976 56.94 0.269508078 462.73 58.2 1919-01-05 0.17 1977 147.78 84.66 12/31/1977 1977 60.61 0.287567898 513.90 62.1 1919-01-06 0.17 1978 193.39 100.75 12/31/1978 1978 65.22 0.313499947 616.87 67.7 1919-01-07 0.17 1979 304.83 143.68 12/31/1979 1979 72.57 0.355176454 858.25 76.7 1919-01-08 0.18 1980 614.61 264.20 12/31/1980 1980 82.38 0.399631394 1537.94 86.3 1919-01-09 0.18 1981 459.26 226.47 12/31/1981 1981 90.93 0.435287962 1055.07 94 1919-01-10 0.18 1982 375.28 214.38 12/31/1982 1982 96.5 0.451958564 830.34 97.6 1919-01-11 0.19 1983 423.61 279.24 12/31/1983 1983 99.6 0.469092239 903.04 101.3 1919-01-12 0.19 1984 360.50 269.77 12/31/1984 1984 103.9 0.487615131 739.31 105.3 1920-01-01 0.19 1985 317.18 244.68 12/31/1985 1985 107.6 0.506138023 626.67 109.3 1920-01-02 0.20 1986 367.72 250.66 12/31/1986 1986 109.6 0.511694891 718.63 110.5 1920-01-03 0.20 1987 446.28 272.30 12/31/1987 1987 113.6 0.534385434 835.13 115.4 1920-01-04 0.20 1988 436.79 245.20 12/31/1988 1988 118.3 0.558002121 782.77 120.5 1920-01-05 0.21 1989 380.74 232.20 12/31/1989 1989 124 0.58393417 652.03 126.1 1920-01-06 0.21 1990 383.32 214.78 12/31/1990 1990 130.7 0.619590737 618.67 133.8 1920-01-07 0.21 1991 362.10 204.65 12/31/1991 1991 136.2 0.638576701 567.04 137.9 1920-01-08 0.20 1992 343.86 194.76 12/31/1992 1992 140.3 0.657099593 523.30 141.9 1920-01-09 0.20 1993 360.00 239.68 12/31/1993 1993 144.5 0.675159413 533.21 145.8 1920-01-10 0.20 1994 384.12 250.79 12/31/1994 1994 148.2 0.693219232 554.11 149.7 1920-01-11 0.20 1995 384.05 243.31 12/31/1995 1995 152.4 0.71081598 540.29 153.5 1920-01-12 0.19 1996 387.82 248.33 12/31/1996 1996 156.9 0.734432667 528.05 158.6 1921-01-01 0.19 1997 330.98 202.10 12/31/1997 1997 160.5 0.746935619 443.12 161.3 1921-01-02 0.18 1998 294.12 177.56 12/31/1998 1998 163 0.758975499 387.52 163.9 1921-01-03 0.18 1999 278.55 172.13 12/31/1999 1999 166.6 0.77935068 357.41 168.3 1921-01-04 0.18 2000 279.10 184.09 12/31/2000 2000 172.2 0.805745801 346.39 174 1921-01-05 0.18 2001 272.67 189.36 12/31/2001 2001 177.1 0.818248753 333.24 176.7 1921-01-06 0.18 2002 309.66 206.27 12/31/2002 2002 179.9 0.83769779 369.66 180.9 1921-01-07 0.18 2003 362.91 222.20 12/31/2003 2003 184 0.853442248 425.23 184.3 1921-01-08 0.18 2004 409.17 223.36 12/31/2004 2004 188.9 0.881226586 464.32 190.3 1921-01-09 0.18 2005 444.47 244.86 12/31/2005 2005 195.3 0.911326285 487.72 196.8 1921-01-10 0.18 2006 603.95 327.68 12/31/2006 2006 201.6 0.9344799 646.30 201.8 1921-01-11 0.17 2007 695.39 347.00 12/31/2007 2007 207.34 0.972618535 714.96 210.036 1921-01-12 0.17 2008 871.65 473.17 12/31/2008 2008 215.3 0.973507634 895.37 210.228 1922-01-01 0.17 2009 972.90 621.59 12/31/2009 2009 214.54 1 972.90 215.949 1922-01-02 0.17

The fashions have been fitted to the info utilizing the free Octave numerical programming setting. Octave is Matlab suitable and accessible beneath the GNU Public License. Octave is on the market in binary in addition to supply code variations for Home windows, Mac OS, and Linux. The usual *polyfit* polynomial becoming operate in Octave was used to suit the polynomial fashions to the annual gold value information. The *leasqr* least squares becoming operate from the *optim* Octave add-on bundle was used to suit the Gaussian and Cauchy-Lorentz peak fashions to the annual gold value information. Octave Forge add-on packages can be found as Unix type blatz.tar.gz information. There is no such thing as a have to extract the contents of those information. Octave has a command pkg set up which handles putting in the packages; simply sort pkg set up blatz.tar.gz. The GNU Octave set up features a C/C++ compiler to compile any C or C++ information included within the bundle. Observe that the run-time errors reported by Octave, for instance as a consequence of a syntax error, might be cryptic. Be affected person and don’t at all times belief the error message.

% plot_gold.m % Description: Octave (Matlab suitable) script to plot annual gold value information % and match polynomial fashions to the info. Examined on Home windows XP Service Pack 2 % with Octave 3.2.4 for Home windows put in. % % Creator: John F. McGowan, Ph.D. % Copyright (C) 2010 by John F. McGowan % % disp('studying gold value information...'); fflush(stdout); information = dlmread('annual_gold_price_from_1900.txt'); disp('making plot 1'); fflush(stdout); determine(1) plot(information(:,1), information(:,8)); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); disp('making plot 2'); fflush(stdout); determine(2) plot(information(:,1), information(:,2)); title('Nominal Gold Worth'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD'); disp('making cpi plot'); determine(3) plot(information(:,1), information(:,6)); title('US Client Worth Index (CPI)'); xlabel('12 months'); % annual inflation price disp('plotting annual inflation price'); fflush(stdout); determine(4) cpi = information(:,6); cpi_shift = shift(cpi,1); inflation = (cpi - cpi_shift) ./ cpi_shift; years = information(:,1); plot(years(2:finish), inflation(2:finish)*100); title('US Annual Inflation Price'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Inflation (%)'); % % becoming polynomial mannequin to information 1970 to 2009 % disp('making gold value prediction 12 phrases'); fflush(stdout); determine(5) floating = years(71:finish); floating_gold_price = information(71:finish, 8); p = polyfit(floating, floating_gold_price, 12); prediction = (1970:2020); f = polyval(p, prediction); plot(floating, floating_gold_price, 'o', prediction, f, '-'); title('Polynomial Mannequin of Gold Worth (12 Phrases)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % disp('making gold value prediction 24 phrases'); fflush(stdout); determine(6) floating = years(71:finish); floating_gold_price = information(71:finish, 8); p = polyfit(floating, floating_gold_price, 24); prediction = (1970:2020); f = polyval(p, prediction); plot(floating, floating_gold_price, 'o', prediction, f, '-'); title('Polynomial Mannequin of Gold Worth (24 Phrases)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % disp('making gold value prediction 32 phrases'); fflush(stdout); determine(7) floating = years(71:finish); floating_gold_price = information(71:finish, 8); p = polyfit(floating, floating_gold_price, 32); prediction = (1970:2020); f = polyval(p, prediction); plot(floating, floating_gold_price, 'o', prediction, f, '-'); title('Polynomial Mannequin of Gold Worth (32 Phrases)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); disp('all finished'); fflush(stdout); % THE END

The script to suit the 2 Gaussian peak mannequin to the info is:

% fit_gold.m % Description: Octave (matlab suitable) script to suit two gaussian peak mannequin % to annual gold value information utilizing Octave 3.2.4 and the optim bundle model 1.0.15 % Examined on Home windows XP Service Pack 2 with Octave 3.2.4 and optim 1.0.15 put in. % % Creator: John F. McGowan, Ph.D. % Copyright (C) 2010 by John F. McGowan % disp('becoming mannequin to gold value information'); fflush(stdout); % match mannequin to gold value information %floating_gold_price has inflation adjusted gold value since 1970 floating_years = years(71:finish); % Outline capabilities % mannequin annual gold value information as two Gaussians leasqrfunc = @(x,p) p(1) * exp(-1.0*(x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2) + p(4) * exp(-1.0*(x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2); leasqrdfdp = @(x, f, p, dp, func) [exp(-1.0*(x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2), (2*(x - p(2))/p(3)^2) * p(1) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2), (2 * (x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^3) * p(1) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2), exp(-1.0*(x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2), (2*(x - p(5))/p(6).^2) * p(4) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2), (2 * (x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^3) * p(4) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2) ]; wt1 = ones(dimension(floating_gold_price)); t = floating_years; information = floating_gold_price; F = leasqrfunc; dFdp = leasqrdfdp; % precise spinoff dp = [50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0]; pin = [500.0; 1980.; 5.0; 500.0; 2010.0; 5.0 ]; stol=0.01; niter=50; minstep = [10.0; 0.2; 0.2; 10.0; 0.2; 0.2]; maxstep = [100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0]; choices = [minstep, maxstep]; disp(dimension(t)); disp(dimension(information)); disp(dimension(wt1)); fflush(stdout); determine(1); international verbose; verbose = 1; [f1, p1, kvg1, iter1, corp1, covp1, covr1, stdresid1, Z1, r21] = ... leasqr (t, information, pin, F, stol, niter, wt1, dp, dFdp, choices); % % make a prediction determine(2); pred_years = [1970:2020]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % determine(3); pred_years = [1970:2050]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % determine(4); pred_years = [1970:2100]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); data_2G = information; model_2G = leasqrfunc(floating_years, p1); diff_2G = model_2G - data_2G; chisq_2G = diff_2G' * diff_2G; disp('all finished'); % THE END

The script to suit the seven (7) Gaussian peak mannequin to the annual gold value information is:

% fit_gold7.m % Description: Octave (matlab suitable) script to suit seven (7) Gaussian peak mannequin % to annual gold value information. % Examined utilizing Octave 3.2.4 with optim 1.0.15 add on bundle put in on Home windows XP Service Pack 2 % Creator: John F. McGowan, Ph.D. % Copyright (C) John F. McGowan % disp('becoming 7 Gaussian mannequin to gold value information'); fflush(stdout); % match mannequin to gold value information %floating_gold_price has inflation adjusted gold value since 1970 floating_years = years(71:finish); % Outline capabilities % mannequin as seven (7) un-normalized Gaussians leasqrfunc = @(x,p) p(1) * exp(-1.0*(x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2) + p(4) * exp(-1.0*(x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2) + p(7) * exp(-1.0*(x - p(8)).^2/p(9)^2) + p(10) * exp(-1.0*(x - p(11)).^2/p(12)^2) + p(13) * exp(-1.0*(x - p(14)).^2/p(15)^2) + p(16) * exp(-1.0*(x - p(17)).^2/p(18)^2) + p(19) * exp(-1.0*(x - p(20)).^2/p(21)^2); leasqrdfdp = @(x, f, p, dp, func) [exp(-1.0*(x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2), (2*(x - p(2))/p(3)^2) * p(1) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2), (2 * (x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^3) * p(1) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2), exp(-1.0*(x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2), (2*(x - p(5))/p(6).^2) * p(4) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2), (2 * (x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^3) * p(4) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2), exp(-1.0*(x - p(8)).^2/p(9)^2), (2*(x - p(8))/p(9)^2) * p(7) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(8)).^2/p(9)^2), (2 * (x - p(8)).^2/p(9)^3) * p(7) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(8)).^2/p(9)^2) , exp(-1.0*(x - p(11)).^2/p(12)^2), (2*(x - p(11))/p(12)^2) * p(10) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(11)).^2/p(12)^2), (2 * (x - p(11)).^2/p(12)^3) * p(10) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(11)).^2/p(12)^2) , exp(-1.0*(x - p(14)).^2/p(15)^2), (2*(x - p(14))/p(15)^2) * p(13) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(14)).^2/p(15)^2), (2 * (x - p(14)).^2/p(15)^3) * p(13) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(14)).^2/p(15)^2), exp(-1.0*(x - p(17)).^2/p(18)^2), (2*(x - p(17))/p(18)^2) * p(16) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(17)).^2/p(18)^2), (2 * (x - p(17)).^2/p(18)^3) * p(16) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(17)).^2/p(18)^2) , exp(-1.0*(x - p(20)).^2/p(21)^2), (2*(x - p(20))/p(21)^2) * p(19) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(20)).^2/p(21)^2), (2 * (x - p(20)).^2/p(21)^3) * p(19) .* exp(-1.0*(x - p(20)).^2/p(21)^2) ]; wt1 = ones(dimension(floating_gold_price)); t = floating_years; information = floating_gold_price; F = leasqrfunc; dFdp = leasqrdfdp; % precise spinoff dp = [50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0 ; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0]; pin = [500.0; 1980.; 5.0; 500.0; 2010.0; 5.0; 500.0; 1982; 2.0; 500.0; 1987; 2.0; 500.0; 1995; 5.0 ; 500.0; 1974; 5.0; 500.0; 1974; 5.0 ]; stol=0.01; niter=100; minstep = [10.0; 0.2; 0.2; 10.0; 0.2; 0.2; 10.0; 0.2; 0.2; 10.0; 0.1; 0.1; 10.0; 0.1; 0.1; 10.0; 0.1; 0.1; 10.0; 0.1; 0.1]; maxstep = [100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0]; choices = [minstep, maxstep]; disp(dimension(t)); disp(dimension(information)); disp(dimension(wt1)); fflush(stdout); determine(1); international verbose; verbose = 1; [f1, p1, kvg1, iter1, corp1, covp1, covr1, stdresid1, Z1, r21] = ... leasqr (t, information, pin, F, stol, niter, wt1, dp, dFdp, choices); % % make a prediction determine(2); pred_years = [1970:2020]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (7 Gaussian Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % determine(3); pred_years = [1970:2050]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (7 Guassian Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % determine(4); pred_years = [1970:2100]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (7 Gaussian Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); data_7G = information; model_7G = leasqrfunc(floating_years, p1); diff_7G = model_7G - data_7G; chisq_7G = diff_7G' * diff_7G; disp('all finished (7 Gaussian Match) all finished'); % THE END

The script to suit the 2 Cauchy-Lorentz operate peak mannequin to the annual gold value information is:

% fit_gold_cauchy.m % Description: Octave (matlab suitable) script to suit a two Cauchy-Lorentz peak mannequin to the annual gold value information. Examined utilizing Octave 3.2.4 and the optim 1.015 add-on bundle on Home windows XP Service Pack 2. % Creator: John F. McGowan, Ph.D. % Copyright (C) John F. McGowan % disp('becoming 2 Cauchy-Lorentz mannequin to gold value information'); fflush(stdout); % match mannequin to gold value information %floating_gold_price has inflation adjusted gold value since 1970 floating_years = years(71:finish); % Outline capabilities % mannequin because the linear mixture of two Cauchy-Lorentz (aka Breit-Wigner) capabilities leasqrfunc = @(x,p) p(1) ./(1 + (x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2) + p(4) ./(1 + (x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2); leasqrdfdp = @(x, f, p, dp, func) [1.0 ./(1.0 + (x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2), (2*p(1)*(x-p(2)))./(p(3)^2*((x-p(2)).^2/p(3)^2+1).^2), (2*p(1)*(x-p(2)).^2)./(p(3)^3*((x-p(2)).^2/p(3)^2+1).^2), 1.0 ./(1.0 + (x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2), (2*p(4)*(x-p(5)))./(p(6)^2*((x-p(5)).^2/p(6)^2+1).^2), (2*p(4)*(x-p(5)).^2)./(p(6)^3*((x-p(5)).^2/p(6)^2+1).^2)]; wt1 = ones(dimension(floating_gold_price)); t = floating_years; information = floating_gold_price; F = leasqrfunc; dFdp = leasqrdfdp; % precise spinoff dp = [50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0]; pin = [500.0; 1980.; 5.0; 500.0; 2010.0; 5.0 ]; stol=0.01; niter=50; minstep = [10.0; 0.2; 0.2; 10.0; 0.2; 0.2]; maxstep = [100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0]; choices = [minstep, maxstep]; disp(dimension(t)); disp(dimension(information)); disp(dimension(wt1)); fflush(stdout); determine(1); international verbose; verbose = 1; [f1, p1, kvg1, iter1, corp1, covp1, covr1, stdresid1, Z1, r21] = ... leasqr (t, information, pin, F, stol, niter, wt1, dp, dFdp, choices); % % make a prediction determine(2); pred_years = [1970:2020]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (2 Cauchy Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % determine(3); pred_years = [1970:2050]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (2 Cauchy Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % determine(4); pred_years = [1970:2100]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (2 Cauchy Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % C suffix for Cauchy Lorentz mannequin data_2C = information; model_2C = leasqrfunc(floating_years, p1); diff_2C = model_2C - data_2C; chisq_2C = diff_2C' * diff_2C; disp('all finished'); % THE END

The Octave script to suit the seven (7) Cauchy-Lorentz peak mannequin to the annual gold value information is:

% fit_gold7.m % Description: Octave (matlab suitable) script to suit seven (7) Cauchy-Lorentz peak mannequin % to annual gold value information. % Examined utilizing Octave 3.2.4 with optim 1.0.15 add on bundle put in on Home windows XP Service Pack 2 % Creator: John F. McGowan, Ph.D. % Copyright (C) John F. McGowan % disp('becoming seven (7) Cauchy-Lorentz mannequin to gold value information'); fflush(stdout); % match mannequin to gold value information %floating_gold_price has inflation adjusted gold value since 1970 floating_years = years(71:finish); % Outline gold value mannequin capabilities % mannequin as linear mixture of seven (7) Cauchy-Lorentz (aka Breit-Wigner) capabilities leasqrfunc = @(x,p) p(1) ./(1 + (x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2) + p(4) ./(1 + (x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2) + p(7) ./(1 + (x - p(8)).^2/p(9)^2) + p(10) ./(1 + (x - p(11)).^2/p(12)^2) + p(13) ./(1 + (x - p(14)).^2/p(15)^2) + p(16) ./(1 + (x - p(17)).^2/p(18)^2) + p(19) ./(1 + (x - p(20)).^2/p(21)^2); leasqrdfdp = @(x, f, p, dp, func) [1.0 ./(1.0 + (x - p(2)).^2/p(3)^2), (2*p(1)*(x-p(2)))./(p(3)^2*((x-p(2)).^2/p(3)^2+1).^2), (2*p(1)*(x-p(2)).^2)./(p(3)^3*((x-p(2)).^2/p(3)^2+1).^2),1.0 ./(1.0 + (x - p(5)).^2/p(6)^2), (2*p(4)*(x-p(5)))./(p(6)^2*((x-p(5)).^2/p(6)^2+1).^2), (2*p(4)*(x-p(5)).^2)./(p(6)^3*((x-p(5)).^2/p(6)^2+1).^2),1.0 ./(1.0 + (x - p(8)).^2/p(9)^2), (2*p(7)*(x-p(8)))./(p(9)^2*((x-p(8)).^2/p(9)^2+1).^2), (2*p(7)*(x-p(8)).^2)./(p(9)^3*((x-p(8)).^2/p(9)^2+1).^2),1.0 ./(1.0 + (x - p(11)).^2/p(12)^2), (2*p(10)*(x-p(11)))./(p(12)^2*((x-p(11)).^2/p(12)^2+1).^2), (2*p(10)*(x-p(11)).^2)./(p(12)^3*((x-p(11)).^2/p(12)^2+1).^2),1.0 ./(1.0 + (x - p(14)).^2/p(15)^2), (2*p(13)*(x-p(14)))./(p(15)^2*((x-p(14)).^2/p(15)^2+1).^2), (2*p(13)*(x-p(14)).^2)./(p(15)^3*((x-p(14)).^2/p(15)^2+1).^2),1.0 ./(1.0 + (x - p(17)).^2/p(18)^2), (2*p(16)*(x-p(17)))./(p(18)^2*((x-p(17)).^2/p(18)^2+1).^2), (2*p(16)*(x-p(17)).^2)./(p(18)^3*((x-p(17)).^2/p(18)^2+1).^2),1.0 ./(1.0 + (x - p(20)).^2/p(21)^2), (2*p(19)*(x-p(20)))./(p(21)^2*((x-p(20)).^2/p(21)^2+1).^2), (2*p(19)*(x-p(20)).^2)./(p(21)^3*((x-p(20)).^2/p(21)^2+1).^2)] wt1 = ones(dimension(floating_gold_price)); % identical weight for all information factors t = floating_years; % years when gold value floats information = floating_gold_price; % inflation adjusted gold value F = leasqrfunc; dFdp = leasqrdfdp; % precise spinoff dp = [50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0 ; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0; 50.0; 1.0; 1.0]; pin = [500.0; 1980.; 5.0; 500.0; 2010.0; 5.0; 500.0; 1982; 2.0; 500.0; 1987; 2.0; 500.0; 1995; 5.0 ; 500.0; 1974; 5.0; 500.0; 1974; 5.0 ]; stol=0.01; niter=100; minstep = [10.0; 0.2; 0.2; 10.0; 0.2; 0.2; 10.0; 0.2; 0.2; 10.0; 0.1; 0.1; 10.0; 0.1; 0.1; 10.0; 0.1; 0.1; 10.0; 0.1; 0.1]; maxstep = [100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0; 100.0; 5.0; 5.0]; choices = [minstep, maxstep]; disp(dimension(t)); disp(dimension(information)); disp(dimension(wt1)); fflush(stdout); determine(1); international verbose; verbose = 1; [f1, p1, kvg1, iter1, corp1, covp1, covr1, stdresid1, Z1, r21] = ... leasqr (t, information, pin, F, stol, niter, wt1, dp, dFdp, choices); % % make a prediction determine(2); pred_years = [1970:2020]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (7 Cauchy Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % determine(3); pred_years = [1970:2050]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (7 Cauchy Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); % disp('plotting determine 4'); fflush(stdout); determine(4); pred_years = [1970:2100]; prediction = leasqrfunc(pred_years, p1); plot(floating_years, information, 'o', pred_years, prediction, '-'); title('Inflation Adjusted Gold Worth (7 Cauchy Prediction vs Information)'); xlabel('12 months'); ylabel('Gold Worth USD (2009)'); disp('computing closing outcomes...'); fflush(stdout); % C suffix for Cauchy Lorentz mannequin data_7C = information; model_7C = leasqrfunc(floating_years, p1); diff_7C = model_7C - data_7C; chisq_7C = diff_7C' * diff_7C; disp('all finished'); % THE END

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