About This Project

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This wiki and the accompanying code repository investigate a theory of power structures: how they work, what logic underlies them, and what relevance they have to world order and historical change. Here we provide some general project information.

The Basics


The primary programming language for this project is the Wolfram Language (formerly Mathematica). Some functions will be replicated in Julia for performance reasons.

The Wolfram Language code snippets shown in this wiki strive for clarity, attempting to make the main ideas simple and readily understood. These snippets will execute, but they're not particularly fast and they don't handle edge cases. The code in the repository contains the actual implementation, which is more robust and contains a variety of other functions not described here.


The documentation in this wiki is organized like a (very long) scientific article, with a focus on methods, results and discussion, and conclusions. It can be read linearly using the "Next" hyperlinks at the bottom of each page.

Copyright and Licensing

The source code is subject to the MIT open source license. The content of this wiki is currently the copyright of Michael Poulshock, until an appropriate "copyleft" regime has been researched and selected.

Institutional Affiliations


Principal Investigator

The principal investigator is Michael Poulshock. I'm an adjunct professor at Drexel Law School, but otherwise not a professional academic. This is a side project.


Why are you doing this as a wiki?

That is, why not follow a traditional academic publishing route? The wiki format provides a way to organize a large body of thoughts on the subject of quantitative realism. It also is a way of facilitating contributions from a wider community of interested people. Some of the investigations discussed in this wiki will likely give rise to traditional academic articles.

How far along is this project?

At this point, the theory of quantitative realism has a pretty solid core. The thrust now is to test it against empirical data and better understand its abstract dynamics. See this list of major loose ends to get a more detailed sense of what remains to be done.

What's with the logo?

It's the first one that came up in an online logo generator. It doesn't have any more intrinsic meaning than that. Someday, we'll get a new one.

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