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Friday, September 28, 2007

Data mining

The illustrious journal Computational Statistics & Data Analysis has a whole issue devoted to data mining. The 48 articles cover almost anything you could like, from clustering to genetic alogorithms.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Risk models

Christian Gourieroux & Joann Jasiak and have published a new baook called The Econometrics of Individual Risk: Credit, Insurance, and Marketing. It deals with a class of discrete models, unfortunately marketing doesn't really appear in the contents.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Stats

The majority of the visitors of my blog are US Americans, followed by Germans. British visitors are in decline, unfortunately.

Taiwan is the growth leader of the past 55 years

According to the Maddison growth data at Groningen, Taiwan's GDP per capita has grown by 1973% from 1950 to 2005 in real terms. The only non-Asian countries in the top 10 are Malta and Spain. We can discount Malta because of its small population size (currently 400,000; a third more than in 1950). The first American contry is Puerto Rico in postion 14. The first African Tunisia in 24.

rank
country growth
1
Taiwan 1973%
2
South Korea 1921%
3
Malta 1366%
4
China 1171%
5
Hong Kong 1149%
6
Oman 1122%
7
Japan 1052%
8
Singapore 1007%
9
Thailand 863%
10
Spain 730%

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mortgages

There is a lot of concern about mortgages at the moment, I would opt for a Flexible Mortgage, to avoid the high rates, resulting from adjusted risk premia.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

BT

Welcome to the stone age with BT. I asked them to supply me with broadband and they denied I even had a phone line with them. Here is the result, a box I have no need for.