Kerning with Python Imaging Library(PIL)

I was working on a problem that requires excellent precision pixel by pixel, so I needed to have the ability to manipulate text in more ways than what PIL provides. Especially with regard to kerning. There is a feature that allows you to disable kerning, but not control the amount which is obviously incomplete. ThisContinue reading “Kerning with Python Imaging Library(PIL)”

The National Hockey League as a Transaction Network: Part 3

For some background on the project, see Part 1. For details on the data and methods, see Part 2. In Part 3, I’ll present some results and go over what can be done to expand on the idea. Results and Findings Overview     There were no network characteristics that differed among winning teams in aContinue reading “The National Hockey League as a Transaction Network: Part 3”

The National Hockey League as a Transaction Network: Part 2

For some background, check out Part 1. The contribution of this study will be to identify trading strategies that outperform or underperform what would be expected if there was no difference between strategy effectiveness. This will be achieved first by constructing the NHL as a transaction network and then by establishing a series of metricsContinue reading “The National Hockey League as a Transaction Network: Part 2”

The National Hockey League as a Transaction Network: Part 1

Throughout the sports world some organizations have a reputation for growing and grooming players from within. In soccer, this can be through youth academies. In the MLB or NHL, this could be through minor league affiliations. In the NFL or NBA this could be through NCAA pipelines. Is this an effective strategy? It seems inContinue reading “The National Hockey League as a Transaction Network: Part 1”

Trading Volatility

I wrote this article when I was a freelance finance and economics writer. You can see the original here at OptionsTradingIQ. What Is The VIX? The VIX is the shorthand name for the Chicago Board of Exchange’s Volatility Index. Another popular name that’s often used in the media is the “fear index.” The VIX isContinue reading “Trading Volatility”

The Balance Sheet of the Federal Reserve

I wrote this article when I was a freelance finance and economics writer. You can see the original here at OptionsTradingIQ. Let’s start by defining terms. The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States. Created by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, its official mandate is to create an environment where thereContinue reading “The Balance Sheet of the Federal Reserve”