Flight Fare Predictor

  • forecaster: someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
  • information that supports a probabilistic estimate of future events; "the weekly bulletin contains several predictors of mutual fund performance"
  • a computer for controlling antiaircraft fire that computes the position of an aircraft at the instant of a shell's arrival
  • a formation of aircraft in flight
  • The action or process of flying through the air
  • An act of flying; a journey made through the air or in space, esp. a scheduled journey made by an airline
  • shoot a bird in flight
  • an instance of traveling by air; "flying was still an exciting adventure for him"
  • The movement or trajectory of a projectile or ball through the air
  • A range of food, esp. of a particular type
  • eat well
  • menu: an agenda of things to do; "they worked rapidly down the menu of reports"
  • do: proceed or get along; "How is she doing in her new job?"; "How are you making out in graduate school?"; "He's come a long way"
  • The money a passenger on public transportation has to pay
  • A passenger paying to travel in a vehicle, esp. a taxicab
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flight fare predictor - The Predictors
The Predictors
The Predictors
How a band of maverick physicists used chaos theory to trade their way to fortune on Wall Street.

How could a couple of rumpled physicists in sandals and Eat the Rich T-shirts, piling computers into an adobe house in Santa Fe, hope to take on the Masters of the Universe from Goldman Sachs? Doyne Farmer and Norman Packard may never have read The Wall Street Journal, but they happen to be among the founders of the new sciences of chaos and complexity. Who better to try to find order in the apparently unreasoned chaos of the global financial markets? Thomas Bass first made readers aware of Farmer and Packard in The Eudaemonic Pie, in which he chronicled their assault on the casinos of Las Vegas. Here, Bass takes us inside their start-up company, at first a motley collection of long-haired Ph.D.s, nervously testing their computer forecasting models. As confidence builds, Farmer and Packard make their way to the centers of financial power, where they find investors and ultimately go live with real money. Once they are off and running, The Predictors becomes a dizzying, often hilarious tale of genius and greed, power brokers and rebels, as well as a brisk education in chaos, complexity, and the world financial markets.

Using a computer to beat Wall Street from afar is, arguably, the new American dream. While it will remain just that for most of us, an offbeat gang of academics turned financial wizards is showing it can be done. Led by acclaimed physicists Doyne Farmer and Norman Packard, the Santa Fe-based Prediction Company has proven since its 1991 founding in an adobe bungalow furnished with plastic lawn chairs and top-of-the-line Sun workstations that it is indeed possible to make millions in the world's financial markets by anticipating trends and developing software that automatically capitalizes on them. In The Predictors, Thomas A. Bass colorfully relates their tale of fiscal triumph--and reveals in the process how even an unorthodox group of antibusiness intellectuals in far-off New Mexico can make the world's biggest institutions sit up and take notice.
Long esteemed in the scientific community, Farmer and Packard have become legendary in hacker circles since their failed attempt to beat the roulette tables in Las Vegas with toe-operated computers was chronicled in Bass's well-regarded 1985 book called The Eudaemonic Pie. This time, though, the two hit the jackpot with their cutting-edge computer programs and the company they created to trade German marks, Chicago commodities, Japanese treasury bonds, Texas oil futures, and New York securities. Bass's prose is a bit flowery at times, but his perceptive you-are-there account is nonetheless entertaining and sure to cement the pair's reputation as today's ultimate masters of "phynance," the successful, and now oft-copied, merger of physics and finance. --Howard Rothman

Original predictor stick design
Original predictor stick design
Very simple interaction: pee over the stick, plug it in and wait. The first easy pregnancy test. The design of the product was very refined, yet there were problems in reading out the results
w/ Robbie McEwen
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Power Predictor
This amazing device is an anemometer for measuring wind, a pyranometerfor measuring solar, an SD card data logger, and analysis software all wrapped into one affordable package. The Power Predictor measures both solar and wind energy at your site. It comes with a data logger and one year's free access to an online account where your data will be analyzed. The report compares your data to major wind turbines and solar panels on the market today. It quantifies your potential payback period, annual energy generation, cost savings and effect on your carbon footprint.