Copytight Laws and Lawyers

Dear List,
There has been a surprising development. ABC corp , the top contributor to election campaigns of John McCain, Obama, Barr and Ralph Nader have managed to establish copyright on the definition of arithmatic mean, median and OLS regression. Anyone using these terms would have to either pay a very very small royalty or give some harmless personal privacy information to get nicely targeted ads.
The copyright was established using ABC corps legal body which is headed by a direct descendent of Isaac Newton and other mathematicians.
ABC corp has promised to help support the customers because their slogan is “do not be a evil donkey or a bad monkey”. Anti trust investigations against them were dropped some years ago, and this latest victory is expected to boost Wall Street, giving banks much needed relif so they can lend money to spend, even though they dont really need to spend that much.
For further breaking news , and other “analysis ” please visit Do not click on the ads.
Ajay Ohri
-Not paid by the campaigns of anyone .
The views are personal. Disclaimer- It means if I wrote something stupid , it was mine alone. MINE.

Tribute to a Politician

A politician who changed parties two times . Who started a soldier, lost wars as First Sea Lord, then quit to fight as a soldier again in World War 1 (Donald Rumsfield ?) Who opposed a country till he had lowest favorable ratings ever during the 1930’s. Who finally at age 65 led the Free world to War. Who then lost an election but won the election again (after turning down every honor or award thrown by his country including the Duke of London”

Winston Churchill. If you thought all politicians were all bad, think again

Some of his words below are still true so read with care, and no offense because HE wrote it..I didnt.

  • We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
  • There is no such thing as a good tax.
  • Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.
  • The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
  • We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
  • An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.
  • The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
  • From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put.
  • A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.”
  • Churchill: “Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.”
  • Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.”
    Churchill: “If I were your husband I would take it.”
  • A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
  • Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.
  • If you are going to go through hell, keep going.
  • It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
  • You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
  • If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.
  • You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else.
  • History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
  • Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.
  • The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
  • A sheep in sheep’s clothing. (On Clement Atlee)
  • A modest man, who has much to be modest about. (On Clement Atlee)
  • I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
  • The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
  • To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
  • Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.
  • Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
  • Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
  • Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  • The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
  • It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
  • Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
  • The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
  • From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. -“The Sinews of Peace” speech, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, March 5, 1945
  • If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
  • Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.
  • Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.
  • If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.
  • There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. You ask, What is our policy? I will say; “It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.”
  • You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival. We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.
  • We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.
  • Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour!”

Thanks to Param Ghosh for pointing  this to me.

Free Software is Dying Out

When nearly everyone offers products for free (besides Microsoft) or just as downloads, for ad revenue.Linked In has been a pioneer not just in professional social networking , but in its pricing strategy. This has enable it to keep it a very loyal base, beat off lots of challengers , and command a 1 Billion valuation.

I find that sometimes people who charge you a transparent fixed fee , are better than people who sell your identity to lots of advertising companies but charge nothing. Both free pricing (with zero privacy) and expensive monopolistic /early bird premium pricing are bad pricing strategies for retaining customers . Here is much more renowned blog that argues that google analytics is much more expensive despite being free (

Legal Copyrights- Some history

Here is an interesting blog post on why software giants like google ,microsoft will be rich foroever. And ironically Microsoft has given away the maximum number of free programs, dlls, extensions,patches. When I mean free I mean really free, they did not sell your identity to advertisers .

Back in 1998, representatives of the Walt Disney Company came to Washington looking for help. Disney’s copyright on Mickey Mouse, who made his screen debut in the 1928 cartoon short “Steamboat Willie,” was due to expire in 2003, and Disney’s rights to Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck were to expire a few years later.

Rather than allow Mickey and friends to enter the public domain, Disney and its friends – a group of Hollywood studios, music labels, and PACs representing content owners – told Congress that they wanted an extension bill passed.

Prompted perhaps by the Disney group’s lavish donations of campaign cash – more than $6.3 million in 1997-98, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics – Congress passed and President Clinton signed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.

The CTEA extended the term of protection by 20 years for works copyrighted after January 1, 1923. Works copyrighted by individuals since 1978 got “life plus 70” rather than the existing “life plus 50”. Works made by or for corporations (referred to as “works made for hire”) got 95 years. Works copyrighted before 1978 were shielded for 95 years, regardless of how they were produced.

How to do Logistic Regression

Logistic regression is a widely used technique in database marketing for creating scoring models and in risk classification . It helps develop propensity to buy, and propensity to default scores (and even propensity to fraud ) .

This is more of a practical approach to make the model than a theory based approach.(I was never good at the theory 😉 )

If you need to do Logistic Regression using SPSS, a very good tutorial ia available here

(Note -Copyright 1998, 2008 by G. David Garson.
Last update 5/21/08.)

For SAS a very good tutorial is here –

SAS Annotated Output
Ordered Logistic Regression. UCLA: Academic Technology Services, Statistical Consulting Group.

from (accessed July 23, 2007).

For R the documentation (note :Still searching for R ‘s Logistic Regression ) is here

lrm(formula, data, subset, na.action=na.delete, method=””, model=FALSE, x=FALSE, y=FALSE, linear.predictors=TRUE,, penalty=0, penalty.matrix, tol=1e-7, strata.penalty=0, var.penalty=c(‘simple’,’sandwich’), weights, normwt, …)

For linear models in R –

An extremely good book if you want to work with R , and do not have time to learn it is to use the GUI
rattle and look at this book

SAS Fun: Sudoko

Here is a SAS program to help you beat others at Sudoko, and impress people. It was written by a chap named Ryan Howard in 2006, and I am thankful for him in allowing me in sharing this.You can let us know if you find a puzzle it could not solve , or if you tweak the program a bit. The code is pasted below.

Have fun !

And the SAS paper on this was at SAS Global Forum 2007- the resulting
paper, “SAS and Sudoku”, was written by Richard DeVenezia, John Gerlach,
Larry Hoyle, Talbot Katz and Rick Langston, and can be viewed at

(p.s. I haven’t tested this on WPS , they still dont have the SAS Macro language ,but let me know if you have any equivalent in SPSS or R 🙂   )

*                                                                  ;
* Written by: Ryan Howard                                                     ;
* Date: Sept. 2006                                                            ;
* Summary: This program solves sudoku puzzles consisting of a 9X9 matrix.     ;
* Upgrade Ideas:  1. Add a GUI to collect the input numbers and display output;
*                 2. Expand logic to work for 16X16 matrices                  ;

options nodate nonumber;

data _null_;

    * input  inital values for each cell from puzzle                              ;

    _1111=9; _1112=.; _1113=.;   _1211=.; _1212=.; _1213=.;   _1311=1; _1312=.; _1313=.;
    _1121=5; _1122=.; _1123=.;   _1221=.; _1222=6; _1223=.;   _1321=.; _1322=4; _1323=2;
    _1131=.; _1132=.; _1133=.;   _1231=7; _1232=1; _1233=.;   _1331=5; _1332=.; _1333=.;

    _2111=.; _2112=.; _2113=2;   _2211=.; _2212=.; _2213=.;   _2311=.; _2312=1; _2313=.;
    _2121=.; _2122=3; _2123=.;   _2221=.; _2222=.; _2223=.;   _2321=2; _2322=9; _2323=.;
    _2131=.; _2132=7; _2133=.;   _2231=.; _2232=.; _2233=6;   _2331=.; _2332=.; _2333=3;

    _3111=.; _3112=2; _3113=.;   _3211=.; _3212=.; _3213=8;   _3311=.; _3312=.; _3313=.;
    _3121=.; _3122=.; _3123=4;   _3221=5; _3222=.; _3223=.;   _3321=.; _3322=.; _3323=.;
    _3131=.; _3132=.; _3133=.;   _3231=.; _3232=3; _3233=.;   _3331=8; _3332=.; _3333=9;

    %macro printmatrix;
    * print the result matrix                                        ;
       * Assign column positions for printing matrix       ;
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