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pj


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Posted: 2020-06-09 08:33
This is one I definitely recommend as a light reading.
Flash Crash

It's abound the Hound of Hounslow (all the spoilers you'll get in the post).
An easy read, I believe that the people in the know
will scoff at the, oh so important, minor details which were misrepresented.

But it is a nice book and does raise quite a few existential
questions.

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken

EGH


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Posted: 2020-06-09 15:21
thx! ordered!!

"An easy read"

u avoid hard reads?


pj


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Posted: 2020-06-09 16:41
Define "hard read".
Do I read bad books?
Or yeah.

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken

EGH


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Posted: 2020-06-27 20:56
p.50 the Larsen case...

Norwegian private investor and a student (at least back then) that figured out pattern caused by market making algo from big firm. they arbitraged the algo. Then authorities (not the firm arbitraged) sued Larsen and the student and sentenced them to prison and fine.

I did not know these people, but the whole case seemed rediculous and unjust, should it not be allowed to figure out that algos can be dumb and arb them ? This is what gives us more efficient markets, arb out dumb algos! I and some others traders wrote about it, not sure if any took notice, but in higher court the charges against these traders where dropped. I knew nothing personal about the case outside what I had read in the media (as stated)

(bad translation from discussion that was in Norwegian paper on the case)
https://algosandblues.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/espen-haug-algorithms-should-be-monitored-on-a-daily-basis/

phopstar


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Posted: 2020-07-20 21:32
I'm going to kindly ignore your 2020 requirement and recommend "The Fama Portfolio". It's a collection of papers from Eugene Fama (2013 Nobel Prize, Economics). There's not much in it that can be used to construct new strategies, but I admire the long time horizons, sometimes up to 100 years, the academic community uses when probing market inefficiencies.

It's pretty dense though. Not something you'll finish in a weekend.

pj


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Posted: 2020-07-21 04:27
It means books read in 2020, not written in 2020 Cool

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken

AB12358


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Posted: 2020-07-22 00:53
I would like to read some good books in 2020, but haven't had much luck with my selections so far.

Does anyone know of an author in a similar vein to Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams?

I tried Mindswap by Sheckley after seeing it mentioned on NP, and might seek out some of his other work.

jslade


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Posted: 2020-07-27 23:51
You want comedy SF? Like maybe Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat or Bill the Galactic Hero?

My 2020 New Years resolution after Brothers Karamazov was to read more trash. I read Hyperion; it's trash, but first books is OK; second less OK. I think I'm gonna circle back and read some Frederick Pohl which I always remembered being real good trash. If it doesn't work out, back to John Biggins and Flashman books.

I also read 3/4 of Xenophon Education of Cyrus; very good management book.

Perigrinacio by Fernao Mendes Pinto was pretty fun. Portuguese Marco Polo.

Rota's indescretions was my favorite 2019 book. Got me to get back in touch with topologist friends to ask them questions and made me think. Rota was a great storyteller.

"Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."

nikol


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Posted: 2020-07-28 13:11
@AB12358
> Mindswap by Sheckley after seeing it mentioned on NP

If you liked it, try "The Goblin Reservation" by K.Simak.

Hilarious!

"Stars is my destination" (also "Tiger! Tiger!") by A.Bester is one-night read, like brain infection.
"The Demolished Man" is another hit from same author. You will continuously nod your head saying "it is happening now!"

@jslade

Didn't like "Brothers K.". "Demons" and "Crime and Punishment" are real gems. His "early stories" (he wrote before imprisonment) too.

jslade


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Posted: 2020-07-28 14:15
Nikol; I like Dostoevsky books well enough, but they're heavy going and depressing. My general tendency is to read "good books" as life is short, but it's better sometimes to read escapist trash that isn't that much of a downer. Current year is depressing enough.

"Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."

nikol


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Posted: 2020-07-28 17:24
@jslade

Also see 3 books from Simak and Bester - all are SF, thrilling or funny, you choose. Non-trivial too.

nikol


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Posted: 2020-08-05 11:13
Funny...
this fellow certainly has read A. Bester's Tiger!Tiger!

https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.01079

"We propose that the Jungian psychological type of an individual is naturally modelled as a quantum state: a maximally entangled two-qubit state, one of whose qubits is undergoing quantum teleportation."

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