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AuthorMandelbrot, Benoit B. author
TitleFractals and Scaling in Finance [electronic resource] : Discontinuity, Concentration, Risk. Selecta Volume E / by Benoit B. Mandelbrot
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Springer, 1997
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Descript X, 551 p. online resource


IN 1959-61, while the huge Saarinen-designed research laboratory at Yorktown Heights was being built, much of IBM's Research was housed nearby. My group occupied one of the many little houses on the Lamb Estate complex which had been a sanatorium housing wealthy alcoholics. The picture below was taken about 1960. It shows from right to left, T. e. Hu, now at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am next, staring at a network I have just written on the blackboard. Then comes Paul Gilmore, late of the University of British Columbia, then (seated) Richard Levitan, now retired, and at the left is Benoit Mandelbrot. x FOREWORD EF Even in a Lamb Estate populated exclusively with bright researchยญ oriented people, Benoit always stood out. His thinking was always fresh, and I enjoyed talking with him about any subject, whether technical, poliยญ tical, or historical. He introduced me to the idea that distributions having infinite second moments could be more than a mathematical curiosity and a source of counter-examples. This was a foretaste of the line of thought that eventually led to fractals and to the notion that major pieces of the physical world could be, and in fact could only be, modeled by distribยญ utions and sets that had fractional dimensions. Usually these distributions and sets were known to mathematicians, as they were known to me, as curiosities and counter-intuitive examples used to show graduate students the need for rigor in their proofs


List of Chapters -- El Introduction (1996) -- E2 Discontinuity and scaling: scope and likely limitations (1996) -- E3 New methods in statistical economics (M 1963e) -- E4 Sources of inspiration and historical background (1996) -- E5 States of randomness from mild to wild, and concentration in the short, medium and long run (1996) -- E6 Self-similarity and panorama of self-affinity (1996) -- E7 Rank-size plots, Zipfโ{128}{153}s law, and scaling (1996) -- E8 Proportional growth with or without diffusion, and other explanations of scaling (1996). โ{128}ข Appendices (M 1964o, M 1974d) -- E9 A case against the lognormal distribution (1996) -- E10 L-stable model for the distribution of income (M 1960i). โ{128}ข Appendices (M 1963i, M 1963j) -- E11 L-stability and multiplicative variation of income (M 1961e) -- E12 Scaling distributions and income maximization (M 1962q) -- E13 Industrial concentration and scaling (1996) -- E14 The variation of certain speculative prices (M 1963b). โ{128}ข Appendices (Fama & Blume 1966, M 1972b, M 1982c) -- E15 The variation of the price of cotton, wheat, and railroad stocks, and of some financial rates (M 1967j) -- E16 Mandelbrot on price variation (Fama 1963) -- E17 Comments by P. H. Cootner, E. Parzen & W. S. Morris (1960s), and responses (1996) -- E18 Computation of the L-stable distributions (1996) -- E19 Nonlinear forecasts, rational bubbles, and martingales (M 1966b) -- E20 Limitations of efficiency and martingales (M 1971e) -- E21 Self-affine variation in fractal time (M & Taylor 1967, M 1973c) -- Cumulative Bibliography

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