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  1. Hi I joined this forum almost two years ago to ask a single question in the pursuit of understanding something that I don't yet understand (perhaps its even just a fiction). Two years has gone by and I'm still dealing with the changes in my life that begun my drive on this topic. I guess that the closest I can come to expressing the "thing" I seek is what is the underlying principle in the "Dust" concept in that book called Permutation City. I understood that a rules simulation was built on a computer which was also iteratively built and that the patterns which were created to "simulat
  2. Hi I'm having a bit of trouble marrying concept and execution. My understanding is that I can (somehow) use FFT to determine any underlying frequencies in a time series of data. Some of the documents I've read have even suggested that this is done for instance to determine the frequencies related to sunspot activity. So, if I have a set of data which I've gathered daily (well not every day there are gaps) and I would like to see if there is any frequency cycles involved just how would I easily do this? Say, in Excel but if needed in C Thanks :-)
  3. I also understood that Japan wasn't in such a bad situation as the indicators being applied to it do not cover that much debt in the government is owed to the Japanese citizens (rather than to OS nations) People have been predicting the massive downfall of Japan as if its next month since I worked there in the last century. Still have clean streets, still have good public transport and still have good infrastructure. If that's stagnation its looking better than Sydney Australia that's for sure
  4. Could be, my memories are too unclear to be certain. Will check it out to see if that jogs any more memories :-)
  5. Hi decades ago I recall (vaguely) reading about some experiment where patterns were generated which once generated would reinforce themselves by being created. I recall it was something to do with the production of crystalline structure but I just can't recall. Something like: a pattern which should have been 'random' when re-generated would conform to the shape of the earlier and no longer be a random event. The more that this pattern was generated it would become more likely that the pattern would recur. Perhaps I have created this memory, as I've been unable to find anything on this t
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