Inspired, he did do-it-yourself-endoscopy [video]

March 19th, 2019

The gentleman in this video writes: “September 2018 Japanese doctor wins Ig Nobel prize for do-it-yourself colonoscopy. I tried another examination, Trans nasal Endoscopy (do-it-myself)”

Four people doing what with beer bottles?

March 18th, 2019

What are these people doing with these beer bottles? Come to the Ig Nobel show at the University of Graz, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 6:00 pm, and the answer might become clear.

 

 

Predicting the stock market from photographs in the financial-press (new study)

March 18th, 2019

If you’re inclined to make bets on the stock market, you’ll be at a considerable disadvantage if you don’t have a tight grip on so called ‘investor sentiment’ – in other words a reliable way of being able to judge the current ‘mood’ of the market. But, in practice, it’s notoriously difficult to gauge accurately. A team from Missouri State University, US, have come up with a novel method. Why not just analyse photos in the financial press to see if people look happy (or not) ? They’re calling it ‘Photo Sentiment’.

The researchers say that their machine-learning algorithms, which analysed photos in The Economist (that had been published over a period of 10 years) out-performed other more traditional methods by 2.6%.

Photo Sentiment is found to predict short-term return reversal, trading volume and market volatility, and explain flows between equity and money market funds. A trading strategy based on Photo Sentiment outperforms the market index by 2.6% on an annual basis while assuming less risk.”

See: Obaid, Khaled and Pukthuanthong, Kuntara, A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Market Sentiment From Photos (December, 2018). Available at SSRN

The Economist cover above is from July 1998

Tuesday: Ig Nobel in Graz!

March 18th, 2019

Tuesday evening, the Ig Nobel EuroTour arrives at Karl Franzens University, in Graz—featuring psychos, beer, and peeing dogs:

March 19, Tuesday, 6:00 pm—University of Graz, Austria, at Aula of Karl Franzens University Universitätsplatz 3TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS—The show will be conducted (almost) entirely in the English language—Marc Abrahams and

  • Ig Nobel Prize winner Minna Lyons (Comparison of psychopathic traits in night owls versus early risers)
  • Ig Nobel Prize winner Hynek Burda (Free-roaming dogs, when urinating, align themselves with earth’s magnetic lines)
  • Ig Nobel Prize winner Stephan Bolliger (Is it better to be hit on the head with a full bottle of beer, or a with an empty bottle of beer?)

Tour Subsequent Events

After that, the Ig Nobel EuroTour will move on to The Czech Republic, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Italy (again).

SATURDAY: Ig Nobel at Imperial College London, paired with BAHFest!

March 15th, 2019

Saturday afternoon The Ig Nobel EuroTour arrives at Imperial College London:

March 16, Saturday, 3:00 pm—Imperial College London, UK, in the Great Hall—This is the first half of a special double-event day, together with BAHFest London (BAHFest begins at 7:00 pm). TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS are on sale; there is the option to purchase tickets for both events, or for  just one.]Marc Abrahams and

Both these events will (probably) be livestreamed on the Imperial College Youtube channel.

Tour Subsequent Events

After that, the Ig Nobel EuroTour will move on to Austria, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Italy (again).

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