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Month: December, 2016

Pareto Peculiar

The Pareto Principle asserts that, in the majority of systems, around 80% of effects arise from around 20% of causes.

The principle has been found to apply in computer science, biology, physics, economics and many other fields.

A King’s College London study of 1000 children carried out over 35 years has concluded that the 80-20 rule applies also to human development and its costs to society.

A 45 minute test at the age of three sought to gauge intelligence, language and motor skills, as well as to assess the children’s levels of tolerance, restlessness, impulsiveness and social disadvantage.

It found that by age 38 around 20% of the 1000 children were responsible for 81% of the group’s overall criminal convictions, three quarters of its drug prescriptions, two thirds of welfare benefits payments and more than half of nights in hospital.

 

Source: Sarah Knapton, Science Editor, Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 13th December 2016..

blueprint brief – 20th December 2016

Si o No

Holding any referendum is never straightforward.

One of the many difficulties lies in clarifying the precise wording of the question asked of the people.

It must, most would agree, be straightforward, understandable and clear.

Above all, it should be succinct.

Italians go to the polls on Sunday 4th December to answer a referendum question which is none of the above.

It is, translated into English:

Do you approve the text of the Constitutional Law concerning ‘dispositions for the overcoming of equal bicameralism, the reduction of the number of parliamentarians, the containment of the running costs of the institutions, the suppression of the National Economic and Labour Council and the review of title V of Part II of the Constitution’ approved by Parliament and publicised in Gazzetta ufficiale n.88 on 15 April 2016?

So, what’s your answer?

Source: Nicholas Farrell, Italy’s Brexit Moment, The Spectator, 19 November 2016.

blueprint brief – 2nd December 2016.