Mind Tools: Applications and Solutions
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This site is a collection of mind toolsframeworks for solving problems and gaining understanding. It contains downloadable articles on creativity, banking, inventory control, investing, management, mathematical modeling, music, and perception. The author is Lee Humphries, an interdisciplinary research analyst and President of ThinkingApplied.com. About the author.
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THE SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS
Mathematics of Persistence
The compounding impact of repeated effort on future value.
Ideas Take Shape: The Ecology of Creativity
Invention is driven by the nonlinear, form-sensitive logic of the unconscious. There are patterns to this logic.
Things: A Field Guide to Attention
The catalytic effect of attention on stream-of-consciousness content (especially with respect to invention).
An algorithm for the productive use of the imagination.
Process and Elegant Action
Blending emotion with the disciplined pursuit of quality, one arrives at technique, the capacity for elegant action.
Jumping Frogs & the Aesthetics of Problem Solving
What a grade school puzzle reveals about pattern, representation, memory, and understanding.
to Name a Goat: Simplifying the "Monty Hall" Problem
Linguistic hypnosis and the perception of probability.
Scientific Method of Elmer Gates
An overview of "psychotaxis."
More about Elmer Gates (an article from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.)
Banks' Earnings: An Evaluation and Forecasting Technique
The year-to-year change in a bank's earnings per share (EPS) is driven by the fluctuating values of nine financial ratios. These ratios can be integrated into a spreadsheet routine that will: (1) isolate their respective dollar-and-cents contributions to annual changes in EPS, (2) measure their relative power to improve EPS, and (3) calculate future EPS based on their projected values.
Games: Reason and Revenue in a Blockbuster Promotion
This mathematical model of a Blockbuster Video "early return" promotion demonstrates that the promotion is likely to reduce, not increase, revenue.
Stock Price Paradox (v2.0)
—Crazy as it sounds, your profit may be greater if you reject a stock at its current price and buy it later at a higher price.
Means: The Average Guy's Guide to EPS Growth Rates
The proper measures of growth-rate norms are the geometric mean and the geometric standard deviation. This article explains why and shows you how to calculate them.
in the Stock Market
Suppose an investor can buy a stock at a discount. If cheaper is better, exactly how much better is it?
You Put Your Nest Egg in Your House?
There are systemic reasons why the housing market can't match the stock market's long-term rate of return.
More Is Less: A Taxing Tale of Trading
For a series of short term investments to generate the same after-tax return as a single long term investment, the short term investments must appreciate at a higher annualized rate. This essay shows you how to determine that rate.
Assets and Organizational Health
Money is not the "first cause" in the chain of events propelling an organization toward its goal. Other assets are more fundamental.
Place Where One Can Hear
For extraordinary things to happen, extraordinary mindsets are required.
to Sight-Sing: The Mental Mechanics of Aural Imagery
A sequence of mental states that will translate notated melodies into singable pitches.
Technique and Kinesthetic Imagery
The nature of kinesthetic imagery; instructions for developing it.
to Think About When You Conduct: Perception, Language, and Musical Communication
An approach to conducting based on information processing.
Information, and the Politics of Perception
Atonality is related to the channel capacity of short-term memory.
REPLIES TO READERS' QUESTIONS
Geometric Coefficient of Variation
A formula and its logic.
Emergence of Novel Information During Trance
A rational explanation of an extraordinary behavior.
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