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Hi – I wanted to create a project, where:
1. Creatives in NY can collaborate together towards open-source projects. Actors Reading, Writers Writing and Illustrators drawing. Namely creating audio/multimedia children’s books for the public. It will be under the Creative Commons license – attribution, no commercial, no derivative. This ensures that the participants are recognized for their work. It’s status is both open-source and protected as a work.
2. A place to document some of the buskers and various artistic acts that occur in new york (this will mostly live on twitter).
The name I registered is ManhattanProject.NYC
Coming in May we will start with #1 and see where it goes!
Update. This project url (in coming soon mode is now available)
Website: http://manhattanproject.nyc
Twitter: @manhattan_art
Some recommended Design and Media docs if you are looking to check out.
Press Play Pause – Quite the anthem for possibilities of New Media.
Indie Game – One or two people (which is a very small number) join forces to create a video game. Specifically for the XBox. Given the amount of work that is required to write a real game, seeing this as proof that anything is indeed possible.
Page One – Many of us love the NYTimes. This is about how Digital Media is affecting the Gray Lady and what she is doing about it.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi – I’m not sure how I stumbled onto this doc, but it did teach something. Something that I will never forget about the beauty of purity in miminalism that inherit in many aspects of Japanese art. Something which many other cultures will stumble over.
An old article written for Wall Street Survivor reposted here. J.L. Kelly Jr. was a very interesting member of the famed Bell Labs. There is a new book published this year, 2012 about Bell Labs incidentally called: The Idea Factory, by John Gertner. Peguin 2012 | http://www.amazon.com/The-Idea-Factory-American-Innovation/dp/1594203288
Enjoy!
By Alwin Tong, for Wall Street Survivor University, published February 18, 2009
Looking to maximize growth in your WSS portfolio? The Kelly Criterion gives a mathematically secure method of establishing a betting scheme which maximizes the growth of your portfolio.
Looking to maximize growth in your WSS portfolio? The Kelly Criterion gives a mathematically secure method of establishing a betting scheme which maximizes the growth of your portfolio.
The world is full of serendipitous discoveries from the grand to the banal. An apple falls and inspires Newton, Columbus goes west and finds the people of America. Toxin is injected under the skin near the eyes and Botox treatments arrive.
The world of investing is not much different than this admittedly. It was in 1956 that J.L. Kelly, a member of the AT&T Bell Labs team, was assigned to find a way to figure out what to do with information that is passed through noisy telephone lines. Figure out phone lines, that was his job. What the world we got was a formula that described the mathematically perfect wagering algorithm of repeated games, which has been used in situations of betting known as the Kelly Criterion.
In about the equivalent realm of serendipity as the discover of using pantyhose as a fan belt, The Kelly formula which was original used to deal with long distance phone lines for AT&T and fate conspired to allow the clever Kelly to realize that this same formula could be used for many wagering games, including the financial markets.
The system of betting was first modelled as a game theory problem involving how to bet over time on horse races given that you were tipped off to the winner beforehand and looks like this:
Don’t let this math scare you. What the formula states in a nutshell, is that you bet proportionally to your chances of winning. Before I go on, I should say that there are some caveats that I’ll mention later on in this article, but let’s take a look at some features and examples of pure betting under the Kelly Criterion. Let’s take a look at some everyday examples first.
If I go to a basketball game and know that the Knicks and Lakers are playing a best of 7 series. For hypothetical ease you only play only against each other and match bets. (equal payoffs of 1:1).
When the Knicks are playing at home, they have a 75% percent chance of winning, which means (without ties) that the Lakers are only at 25% chance of winning.
When the Knicks play away in L.A. they still have an advantage though let’s say the odds lower for the Knicks to 55% while the Lakers are at 45%.
Your Kelly Bet’s across the games should be like this.
Location | Knick’s Odds | Lakers’ Odds | Formula | Bet |
---|---|---|---|---|
NY | 75% | 25% | Bet% = (1).75 – .25 / (1) = .50 B is 1, because you’re playing in a 1:1 case. |
50% of bankroll |
LA | 55% | 45% | Bet% = (1).55 – .45 / (1) = .10 B is 1, because you’re playing in a 1:1 case. |
10% of bankroll |
If a third L.A. Lakers fan joins the wager, then the payoff will change, affecting the B value of your formula. The payoff odds are now 2:1 Knicks to Lakers, under this scenario B will be equal 2, because for every amount you wager, you’ll receive twice that on a winning bet against the 2 others.
Location | Knick’s Odds | Lakers’ Odds | Formula | Bet |
---|---|---|---|---|
NY | 75% | 25% | Bet% = (2).75 – .25 / (2) = .50 B is 1, because you’re playing in a 1:1 case. |
62.5% of bankroll |
LA | 55% | 45% | Bet% = (2).55 – .45 / (2) = .10 B is 1, because you’re playing in a 1:1 case. |
32.5% of bankroll |
Those would be the growth optimal bets, taking into account both wins and losses. That’s Betting under the Kelly Criterion. It is also known by several other names such as: Geometric Mean Maximizing Portfolio Strategy and Fortune’s Formula. Pretty Simple right.
There are several nice features of Kelly betting that stand out.
The Kelly Criterion is a great theoretical tool for investors. However in Practice, following the strict criterion is often considered aggressive because it is maximized for making the largest fortune you can. It doesn’t take into account some findings of utility theory, where the same 100$ maybe more valuable to a person with very little money versus a person with already a vast sum. Also it doesn’t take into the increased benefit of portfolio diversification. Rather it is a tool in the mix of these others that will allow you make a decision in respect to your portfolio.
It is also very difficult to ascertain true odds of an event. And transaction costs.
Looking at some great investors, for example the legendary value investor Warren Buffet, we can see an asset allocation that is very close to following this criterion. (quote: www.wilmott.com/pdfs/050316_ziemba.pdf)
Also, to prevent the heavy swings associated with it, the amount invested can be scaled to a fraction. This is known as half-Kellying or third-Kellying. The rule to take away is simply to invest proportionally to your chances.
On WallStreetSurvivor.com because the portfolio you are dealing with is composed of fantasy dollars, the downside risk of losing real money is eliminated while the upside risk if you do well can be real cash. For this reason I would recommend betting with a Full Kelly implementation. Good Luck out there!
I’ve finally caught up on some reading. Some of the more interesting by-products of today’s deep thoughts and reading are listed below:
If you have not read any of his work, James Burke is a historian, who mostly writes about the history of science and innovation. He is known for his Connections 1 / 2 / 3 series on BBC. His work is always web-like and built off tangents.
In this book Pinball Effect, he writes about the interconnectedness of the world and how one chance incident triggers another. The style is non-fictional, but he is always telling a story along the way. Think of Umberto Eco coming to your highschool and teaching science class.
This is the fourth book I have read by him, and it is the best in my opinion. James Burke respects no real bounds to speak of, except one: the topic of the first sentence always comes back to finish the chapter. recommended.