Dispiciendum chaos: Mulier involvamini in FBI specillum in priores sancti Caroli DA mortuum esse inventum

Chaotic dynamics

The map defined by x → 4 x (1 – x) and y → x + y if x + y < 1 (x + y – 1 otherwise) displays sensitivity to initial conditions. Here two series of x and y values diverge markedly over time from a tiny initial difference.

The map defined by x → 4 x (1 – x) and y → x + y if x + y < 1 (x + y – 1 otherwise) displays sensitivity to initial conditions. Here two series of x and yvalues diverge markedly over time from a tiny initial difference.

In common usage, “chaos” means “a state of disorder”.[7] However, in chaos theory, the term is defined more precisely. Although there is no universally accepted mathematical definition of chaos, a commonly used definition says that, for a dynamical system to be classified as chaotic, it must have the following properties:[8]

  1. it must be sensitive to initial conditions;
  2. it must be topologically mixing; and
  3. its periodic orbits must be dense.

The requirement for sensitive dependence on initial conditions implies that there is a set of initial conditions of positive measure which do not converge to a cycle of any length.

Sensitivity to initial conditions

Sensitivity to initial conditions means that each point in such a system is arbitrarily closely approximated by other points with significantly different future trajectories. Thus, an arbitrarily small perturbation of the current trajectory may lead to significantly different future behaviour. However, it has been shown that the last two properties in the list above actually imply sensitivity to initial conditions[9][10] and if attention is restricted to intervals, the second property implies the other two[11] (an alternative, and in general weaker, definition of chaos uses only the first two properties in the above list).[12] It is interesting that the most practically significant condition, that of sensitivity to initial conditions, is actually redundant in the definition, being implied by two (or for intervals, one) purely topological conditions, which are therefore of greater interest to mathematicians.

Sensitivity to initial conditions is popularly known as the “butterfly effect“, so called because of the title of a paper given by Edward Lorenz in 1972 to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. entitled Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas? The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different.

A consequence of sensitivity to initial conditions is that if we start with only a finite amount of information about the system (as is usually the case in practice), then beyond a certain time the system will no longer be predictable. This is most familiar in the case of weather, which is generally predictable only about a week ahead.[13]

Woman involved in FBI probe into former St. Charles DA found dead ~ Juliet Linderman

Those guys should realize the benefits they can derive from cooperating with you and giving props where due. You ain’t in it for the money and apparently not for the recognition either!

I am on the verge going to a far more restrictive creative commons license that bans other commercial use of my work.  And if my tips are not good enough to merit a hat tip, then the behind the scenes information flow will end as well.

12 thoughts on “Dispiciendum chaos: Mulier involvamini in FBI specillum in priores sancti Caroli DA mortuum esse inventum”

  1. I’ll note that in response to Slabbed’s scoop yesterday, the St Charles Parish Sheriff’s office issued another press release asking for the public’s help in solving Ms Keim’s unclassified death.


    The initial word I received indicated the authorities believed suicide was the cause of death. Clearly there is more to this story than meets the eye.

    1. No. Fair use is a separate issue and requires attribution, which appears to be a foreign concept across most of the NOLA media landscape. The worst part Lockem is I gave them this story and they never credited my early coverage once.

      NOLA Media Group sat on the girlfriends death for almost a week and rolled it out only after I posted on the topic and the St Charles Parish Sheriff issued a new press release in response to that post.

      When I give a behind the scenes tip I generally do not expect a hat tip or recognition. In this case, I not only broke this story but also first reported the poor woman’s death.

      To the extent most mornings the early stories on NOLA.com’s carousel end with, “as reported by local TV station” I do not think I am asking too much.

      I changed Slabbed’s creative commons license to ban commercial use of my work without prior permission and it is now displayed on the right sidebar.


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  3. “Dear journalist who lie to their readers while stealing the works of others please click on this link and steal the ideas from Harvard which will set you free from your doomed ride to extinction

  4. Create a sidebar “Slabbed Journalistic Hall of Shame” for examples such as this. Lay out the facts. Link to your posts and the later posts and press releases by others.

    Imagine as a ‘journalist’ having your stories show up such a place. Imagine the additional possibilities of a “Slabbed Journalistic Hall of Shame”.

    “Frequent Flyer Program”: For those who are nominated on a regular basis.

    “Gravity Sucks Club”: For those whose flights of hackery end in a spectacular auger in.

    “Shoulda Woulda Coulda Club”: For those who knew but let the story leave without them.

    Others may add some other ideas.

  5. Thanks guys. I want to make clear I am not complaining that NOLA.com has ‘stolen’ my story. In fact yesterday I expressed approval they were putting lots of meats on the bones of this whole saga. The problem is one of attribution, especially last week.

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