Thiel's Trap

Few economic concepts demonstrate scarcity as clearly as the Malthusian Trap. An economic condition where population growth outpaces food production (Malthus,1798). The fight for subsistence is in the rearview mirror of the developed world, but... continue reading

Synthetic Dataset Generation for Concept Drift Adaptation

Concept drift, a phenomenon where the statistical properties of the target variable change over time, poses a significant challenge in data stream mining. The low amount of real word datasets with concept drift make this challenge harder on many... continue reading

Herfindahl Hirschman Index (HHI) for assessing the competition among education selling countries

HHI is typically calculated to observe the market structure and competition among the manufacturers for a specific product by using the market share of each manufacturer. Therefore, the HHI value shows the market power, potential buying pattern... continue reading

Gini Coefficient for research funding

The Gini Coefficient is widely recognized as a means of evaluating inequality in resource allocation. It is applied most commonly to wealth and/or income, but has more recently been applied to a range of phenomena, as widespread as success rates... continue reading

Stratified sortition for balancing representativeness and efficiency in large participatory institutions

As a self-governing institution grows, it becomes a target for elite capture. Sortition, or governance by lottery, is a mechanism displacing elites and for preserving democratic rule. A large legislature with randomly appointed representatives, or... continue reading

Solar photovoltaic power stations in dry cereal farmland: how to convert habitat loss into landscape heterogeneity

Agricultural intensification has caused the decline of farmland bird populations across Europe (Donald et al. 2001; [Rigal et al.... continue reading

A Participatory Platform for Addressing Knowledge Gaps on Wikimedia projects in an Open-Science Fashion

I propose to create a virtual research environment with the mission to address knowledge gaps in Wikimedia projects in a transparent and participatory fashion. Research undertaken through this environment would be organized in an open-by-default... continue reading

Morphophonological Approach to Lushootseed Reduplication Research

Lushootseed reduplication is fascinating.
According to Bates, Hess and Hilbert (1994: xvii; Hess and Hilbert 1977; Bates 1986), there are seven different types of reduplication in Lushootseed. This assessment is associated with morphological and... continue reading

Docker containers with embedded R packages and domain-specific tools

R packages are collections of functions, documentations, tests, sample data, and dependency declarations, which come together to promote modularity, reproducibility, and adherence to good coding practices. Containerization using technologies such... continue reading

A distinction between the organizational and institutional approaches to human collectives

What is the difference between institutions and organizations? Is there even any need for a distinction? A simple definition makes the need for both concepts clear:
Organizations are collectives whose members mobilize diverse resources toward a... continue reading

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