A Structural-Demographic Analysis

As someone who has studied both Fourier transforms and data science, I greatly enjoyed reading Peter Turchin’s Ages of Discord, which applies lots of math to historical demographic data and political instability trends to predict that over the next 30+ years the United States will have more political instability than we have seen for the previous 50 years. Earlier works (including his longer Secular Cycles) applied his analysis to historical cases including much of Europe, China, and some of the Middle East, but Ages of Discord is the first to apply a mathematical application of the theory…

Samuel Meyer

Software Engineer at StreamSets / UC Berkeley MIMS grad / data viz

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