Discovery, Invention, and Stocks

There is a difference between discovery and invention. A discovery brings to light what existed before, but what was not known; an invention is the contrivance of something that did not exist before.
Sir William Ramsay

There was a hidden discipline lying about, unseen from view. I unearthed it. When I did, I discovered HypernomicsTM. Its foundation, the Law of Value and Demand, states that

  1. Features determine Value
  2. Value drives Price
  3. Price limits Quantity Sold
  4. Quantity Sold is a Feature.

Useful by itself, it needed an invention to get results quickly.

That came as HypernomicaTM (formerly MEE4DTM) software, built by Shad Torgerson, Kent Joris, and me. It speeds up the analysis of complex markets.

Just over 44 months ago, we set it on the most complicated market we could find — that of stocks. Using only stocks from the S&P 500, our HypernomicsTM Fund (private, not open to the public) managed to beat it by 2.35X. The likelihood of that happening by chance is very much less than one in a trillion. At the same time, our fund outperformed Berkshire Hathaway A by a factor of 1.39X.

HypernomicaTM is available now; soon, we will begin classes on it. Be among the first to benefit from this discovery and its companion invention.

There’s a preferred way to compare the means of two groups and verify if their differences came about randomly.That is the Student’s t-test. William Sealy Gosset conceived it in 1908 (published under the pen name “Student”). That test (the two-tailed version) reveals that the likelihood that HypernomicsTM beat the S&P 500 by 2.35X over 44+ months was due to chance was 2.01 E-237.That test for HypernomicsTM against Berkshire Hathaway A, where we beat it by 1.39X in the same period, calculates the probability that the result was due to chance as 1.57E-152. In short, our algorithm, built using the HypernomicaTM Software, works. It will work for you, too, whatever your market might be.

Fantasy vs. Reality: Hypernomics & the End of Illusion

And yet it moves

In 1633, the Roman Inquisition convicted Galileo of heresy. His offense? He pointed out that instead of the universe revolving around the Earth (A), Earth circled the Sun (B). For that, he spent the rest of his life under house arrest. In 1992, Pope John Paul II finally acknowledged that the Church had erred in condemning Galileo for saying the Earth revolved around the Sun.

The law of supply and demand tells us that markets have one equilibrium point where those lines intersect (C). Every introductory economics textbook has some version of it, an idea that has existed for over 130 years. And it works for commodities like iron ore.

But that’s where it ends.

It doesn’t work for business aircraft, where many models offer varying combinations of speed and cabin volumes command an equal number of prices, all upheld by variable quantities sold (D).

To understand economics, you need Hypernomics (E). It’s available for presale HERE.

Your competitors may be content waiting 359 years to see the world as it is.

But you shouldn’t be.

Dimensional Collapse

Perspective is a most subtle discovery in mathematical studies
Leonardo da Vinci (Attributed)

Collapsing dimensions sound like the premise of a creepy science fiction film.

But art, engineering, and architecture have used them for centuries.

The angles in (A’s) 12th-century painting do not truly represent what the eye sees. Art, up to the 1500s, suffered from this technique.

But with the advent of Brunelleschi’s drawings of Florentine buildings in the early 1400s, artists, engineers, and architects could offer visualizations that more closely mimicked reality. The trick was using a vanishing point where all dimensions necked down to a solitary spot. In (B), it’s in the sky between the central figures of Socrates and Plato.

In my upcoming book with Wiley, Hypernomics: Using Hidden Dimensions to Solve Unseen Problems, I show how simultaneously understanding multiple markets mandates dimensional collapse. Hypernomics has a five-market, 16D drawing representing 3% of world GDP. Hypernomics needs collapsing dimensions to solve hidden problems that artificially constrained approaches cannot see, let alone explain (C).

Modern business analysis mandates dimensional collapse, as does modern art.

Ants, Airbus, And Avoidance

Hit ’em where they ain’t.
Wee Willie Keeler

I finished a run the other day and stretched at the trail’s end. I looked down, and an ant caught my eye. Starting from position A1, it reached A2 and seemed to be going in a circle for a moment. But then, as its path widened to A3, A4, and A5, I realized it was doing reconnaissance! I raced home and found out that ants do that to “avoid hostile conspecific neighbours,” when considering where to set up camp, they use “a weighted additive strategy, the most comprehensive of consumer evaluations, to choose nests with the best combination of attributes.”*

People, of course, do the same thing.

In B, during 2009-2018, the business jet market had a lot of competitors offering various cabin and price combinations. Noticeably, though, there were a few prominent gaps in the market, akin to how the ants saw regions away from their neighbors. In Q1 of 2019, Airbus launched its A220-100 business jet in the most prominent open region (C). Along with the base airliner from which it came, this vehicle has several hundred orders, helping ensure its long-term viability.

When considering where to place your next product, work to avoid local opposition.

How to Lose €10B+

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.
Damon Runyon

According to Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, nearly 30,000 new products are introduced yearly, and 95% fail.

But there are ways that one can help increase the potential for product success. It involves determining the Value, Demand, and Cost of goods and services before they launch. Buyers reveal how they Value the product features and their Demand. It is up to producers to figure out those parameters, along with their Costs. Not looking at all those variables in advance is a recipe for financial disaster.

You’re bound to fail if you placed a heavy bet on a program with long odds against you– but you went ahead with it, got it into production, and rode it out until it ran out of steam after losing tens of billions of Euros. That is the conclusion I reached for the Airbus A380 in my paper, “CSI EU: Cost Scene Investigation,” for which I won the ICEEA 2023 Best Modeling and Case Studies Track Paper. This step-by-step analysis gives you the framework for creating models that enhance your chances of being that one in 20 product that succeeds. Below is the video of the presentation:

The Law of Value and Demand: Not Your Grandfather’s Economics

To reject one paradigm without simultaneously substituting another
is to reject science itself.

Thomas S. Kuhn

No rejection of science here. But we can dismiss an ineffective paradigm.

Paul Samuelson wrote that the law of supply and demand, the root paradigm of economics, meant that “the equilibrium price, i.e., the only price that can last…must be at this intersection point of supply and demand curves.” That model works for commodities such as gold, silver, or iron.

But what about jets and jet engines? They use iron. You’ll only gain deep insight into these markets by substituting economics with Hypernomics.

Its fundamental principle, The Law of Value and Demand, states that:

  1. Features define Value,
  2. Value determines Price,
  3. Price limits Quantity Sold, and
  4. Quantity Sold is a Feature.

You can study this new field in my upcoming book with Wiley, entitled Hypernomics: Using Hidden Dimensions to Solve Unseen Problems, in January 2024. In the meantime, have a look at my paper called “8D Cost Trades with Entanglement,” published in the April 2023 edition of the Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics,” to see how markets work.

My Book Is Coming: What’s In It For You

It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see
Henry David Thoreau

Many of you asked about it; now I can tell you: I’ve signed a deal with Wiley to publish my book, Using Hidden Dimensions to Solve Unseen Problems: Hypernomics and Markets.

It studies market phenomena we haven’t been able to examine previously, mainly because no one invented the techniques to do so.

Until now.

The book’s theme of finding the location and direction of market competitors mirrors the development of radar and has a like effect.
In the years between WWI and WWII, many countries sought to discover opposing planes’ positions and headings. Several had acoustic detectors like that in (A) but found they could only provide broad direction of incoming aircraft. It took the development of the Chain Home Radar (B) to reveal the value of having a much finer granularity of approaching enemy warplanes.

Modern economics gives us simple 2D charts such as (C), showing the intersection of iron supply and demand curves. But planes use iron, and to characterize them thoroughly, we need the 4D arrangements the book offers, as (D). The book’s readers will gain ways to see more clearly for themselves, improving bottom lines.

Markets Across Seven Dimensions

One should concentrate on getting interesting mathematics.
Paul Dirac

Let’s examine how markets work together across 7 dimensions.

Far from being some exotic mathematical anomaly, such arrangements occur daily across many markets. Please feel free to offer some feedback.

To make a pencil, given wood, you’ll need graphite.  Making a bike takes a frame and tires.  These markets are bonded—you can’t make a final product without some key pieces.  How do bonded markets such as jets and their engines interact across 7 dimensions?

Let’s look.

In the 7D diagram below (with log scaling in all directions), turbofan engines use Dimensions (Dims) 1-4.  As Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC, Dim 1) goes down and Max Thrust goes up (Dim 2), turbofan prices, reflecting their Value, moves up as well (Dim 3), with Quantities sold (Dim 4) limited by the market’s demand frontier (yellow line on the red, right-hand Demand Plane).  Making a new engine with a specified level of SFC and Max Thrust yields a value of the large green sphere, marked by “T,” at left.

That engine supports a new business aircraft model and accounts for a portion of the plane’s cost, marked by the large green sphere labeled “B.”  Aircraft Value goes up (Dim 3, shared with the engines) with Max MPH (Dim 5) and Cabin Volume (Dim 6), as limited by their Demand Frontier (Dim 7).  Such entanglements exist in all bonded markets.  They must be studied thoroughly to be optimized.

#hypernomics #markets #innovation #economics

Long Time Coming

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Albert Einstein

There’s something deeply affecting about staying with a problem for over 30 years. Once you get some resolution, part of you wonders why it took so long to get answers. A more forgiving part of you thanks Einstein for the inspiration to carry on. One can only be happy when that ah-ha moment finally arrives.

Such is the case with Hypernomics. After first entertaining the idea at 14, somewhere around 49, I saw the first hints of the practical applications of Hypernomics. 18 years later, we have evidence of its practicability in one of the most complicated markets, that of securities.

In Feb 2020, we made our first investments based entirely on Hypernomics. Far from being perfect, tests suggested that given a market downturn, we would suffer losses. Figure A shows we’ve endured setbacks in 2022. But backtesting supported the idea we would lose less than the competition.

In the longer run, in Figure B, the theory has had a chance to shine. Note the Hypernomics fund is doing more than 2X as well as Berkshire Hathaway and over 3X what the other major indices are doing.

#innovation #markets #investments #hypernomics

Call Off the Panic

“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.”—William Shakespeare

The FAA recently made clear it will impose more stringent requirements on Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicles.  In response, pundits started screaming about the end of that market even before it began.  They think the added costs are insurmountable.

Who told them that?

Yes, there will be significant costs in the added requirements.  But many companies have managed to work themselves through FAA regulations and come out with safe and profitable models.

Profitability, of course, is the key.  To clear development and certification costs, UAM manufacturers need to know if they can make money with their products.  All should note the United Airlines (UA) order from Archer.  UA will spend $5M for five-seat Archers, which are only slightly faster than five-seater Robinson R66s, which sell for $1.1M.  Oh, and the Archer has about a seventh the range of the R66.  The difference is the decibels.  Lower noise widens the market for UAMs, which should have comparable or lower costs than traditional helicopters (due to fewer parts) and higher prices.

Next time someone tells you the sky (or UAM market) is falling, see what they’ve shorted.

#urbanairmobility #UAM #markets #innovation #FAA