Pattern recognition

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  1. TcpSec

    TcpSec Formula Junior

    Feb 8, 2004
    LA, USA
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    I am reading William Gibson's latest book called "Pattern Recognition." Great book! I strongly recommend it. Definitely worth the $14 I spent on it.

    Based on what I read in the book, coupled with the events on F-Chat and rest of the world, I got thinking! :)

    Can we look at the events around us (which reflect the state of our society) and make predictions about future events? Predictions could be as simple as how rapidly F-Chat will grow to as complex as the stock market behavior.

    My prediction based on this 9/11 & Iraq stuff, economic data, flame wars on F-Chat etc. is that stock market will sink in 3-5 months and inflation will rise rapidly.

    What do you guys think?
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  3. F-passione

    F-passione Karting

    Mar 31, 2004
    Orange County, CA
    I would assume there is a certain predictability based on past events but for the most part I would suggest getting out your crystal balls.....
  4. Mr Payne

    Mr Payne F1 Rookie

    Jan 8, 2004
    Bakersfield, CA
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    Don't quit your day job until then. :)
  5. Schatten

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    Apr 3, 2001
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  6. MarkG

    MarkG Formula Junior

    Nov 3, 2003
    Colorado Springs
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    Been using a form of 'pattern recognition' for years in law enforcement. Looking for a pattern in a series of residential break-ins for instance, a determining that they occur during the same time period as the local high school's lunch breaks.

    Or say there are 1,254 terrorists acts in one year, 1,253 were committed by the same 'class' of individual. Up until PC (political correctness) replaced common sense, you could use this pattern to target certain 'classes' for higher levels of scrutiny.

    As to world events, just read a good history book. The only thing new in the world is the history you haven't learned yet.
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