IQ Scores.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by TedShatner10, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Pingfah

    Pingfah Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 28, 2005
    Hey we're a drunk joke away from a TNG episode here.
  2. farmkid

    farmkid Commodore Commodore

    Jun 1, 2005
    Yeah, I've done an online test a few times just for giggles. The result is usually something around 165 or so...then they try to sell me something. I always assume they give you a high number just to stroke your ego so you'll be more likely to buy the crap they're selling. I once found one or two sites with very different tests that seemed somehow more legitimate to me and that weren't selling anything. Those ones scored me in the 130-140 range, which, based on my experience in school and interactions with others, seems more reasonable to me. Probably still a bit high, but I'm more inclined to believe those numbers than the 160+ of the others.
  3. jayceee

    jayceee Commander Red Shirt

    Dec 15, 2012
    At times I wonder whether the same can be said of some semi "legitimate" fields, such as economics. :borg:

    "The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable." Ezra Solomon, as quoted in Psychology Today (March 1984); also attributed to John Kenneth Galbraith in U.S. News & World Report (7 March 1988), p. 64.
  4. Mr Awe

    Mr Awe Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 15, 2002
    ^ I'm sure you meant that as a joke, but just to clarify, the field of economics bears very little resemblance to the "economic forecasting" that you see the pundits on TV do!
  5. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 1, 2011
    milky way, outer spiral arm, Sol 3
    has economic forecasting the same rate of accuracy as the weather forecast?
    In that case it might count as a branch of occultism :D
  6. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

    Oct 31, 2004
    Very much so:

  7. Opus

    Opus Commodore Commodore

    Jun 20, 2003
    Bloom County
    Did someone say... Guinness?
  8. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
  9. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 20, 2007
    inside teacake
    Guinness is a very dull stout IMO. Watery.
  10. jayceee

    jayceee Commander Red Shirt

    Dec 15, 2012
    I always thought the finance/economics pundits on television weren't much different than political pundits.

    In terms of more "serious" economics, at times I wonder why the random walk hypothesis is taken as a premise in various mathematical finance models. (Such as the Black-Scholes equation for financial derivatives). That is, besides mathematical convenience and solvability.
  11. Robert Maxwell

    Robert Maxwell memelord Premium Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Random walk is used because the stock market results from a massive amount of interactions, some of which are quantifiable and some of which are not. Not only that, there are interactions whose mechanisms are not publicly known--think high-frequency trading algorithms, whose internals are closely-guarded secrets.

    People are not robots and do not behave like robots. Many trading decisions are made on instinct and intuition rather than hard data. All you have to do is look at game theory to see how people frequently make suboptimal decisions even when the optimal decision is staring them right in the face. Kind of hard to make reliable predictive models in the face of that.