You must do the things you think you cannot do.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Patterns, Numerology and Statistics Through Pi, the Movie

(Click on the pic to go to the video over at youtube; it won't let me embed it)

Sol: "It can't be easily summed up with math. There is no simple [out]."

Max: "But as a Go game progresses, the possibilities become smaller and smaller. The board does take on order. Soon, all the moves are predictable."

Sol: "So, so?"

Max: "So maybe, even though we are not sophisticated enough to be aware of it, there is a pattern, an order, underlying every Go game. Maybe that pattern is like the pattern in the stock market..."

There's more in the clip relating to patterns and the division between "numerology" and "science," all of which one can apply to the stock market. Actually--Max, the protagonist in the movie, eventually finds a way to predict market prices (and, even more amusing, to speak with God). It is an enjoyable, entertaining movie, not to be confused with actual reality. But it does have its own artistic and "philosophic" merits.


  1. Anon, this looks like a must see. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    I hope you don't mind I did a little plug for it as well.

    Thanks again.

  2. Not at all. I did fail to mention that the subtitle of this movie is "A Biography of L&W" =) but it appears you already mentioned that over on your site.

    Anyway, glad you like it.

  3. Justed watched it full length. Shame he never actually got to trade in the movie. (He calls the Wall Street woman a "petty materialist"). Very interesting film from the standpoint of cinematography and nature being full of math&numbers. Well done I thought.

  4. Whichever blog I read this evening there is someone having a go at me just because I'm, err, sensibly sensible :-)

    I thought the poker content here would have scared Solfest away but I guess you can't have everything.

  5. Glad you liked it FXpropTrader. I am in agreement with you about the lack of trading in the movie. This is directed by the same guy who later directed Requiem for a Dream (not as good in my opinion, but I know many people who like it better).

    L&W, don't worry. I just posted an article on Solfest and his, apparent, dislike of poker! =] Glad you stopped by!

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