Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Varying $\langle k \rangle$

As I mention in my (newly revised) recent paper, we can use the ensemble approach to arrive at an almost identical information equilibrium condition for an ensemble of markets:

\frac{d \langle A \rangle}{dB} = \langle k \rangle \; \frac{\langle A \rangle}{B}

If $\langle k \rangle$ is slowly varying enough to treat as a constant $\bar{k}$, then we obtain the same solutions we have for a single market. But what if $\langle k \rangle$ has a small dependence on $B$

\langle k \rangle \approx \bar{k} + \beta \frac{B}{B_{0}}

Where $\beta \ll 1$? The result is actually pretty straightforward (the differential equation is still exactly solvable [1])

\frac{\langle A \rangle }{A_{0}} \approx \left( \frac{B}{B_{0}} \right)^{\bar{k}} \left( 1 + \beta \frac{B}{B_{0}}\right)



[1] The exact solution is

A(B) = A_{0} \exp \left( \beta \frac{B}{B_{0}} + \bar{k} \log \frac{B}{B_{0}} \right)
but since $\beta$ is small, we can expand the exponential and rewrite it in the more familiar form showing the $\beta$ term as a perturbation.


  1. Am I correct in thinking that term 'bracket A bracket' is a collection that includes term B?

    Or are 'bracket A bracket' and B two items within a container, with the relationship described by the equation?

    1. It is an ensemble average or expectation value with respect to a partition function (defined in the link to the paper in the post):

      It does depend on B since B is the Lagrange multiplier in the partition function.

    2. Thanks for the reply; I'm glad I asked.

      I wasn't even close in my suggested meanings!

      Unfortunately, your math is several steps (and a lot of study time) above my current skill level. I like to follow your posts but usually find myself not understanding.

    3. Thanks.

      I try to write things at various technical levels -- partially because that's how things churn in my own brain. But also as a kid, I'd sometimes come across things I didn't understand and that helped motivate me to try new things. That's another reason why I put more technical stuff in -- not necessarily for everyone (and feel free to skip posts like these), but my younger self would have liked it.


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