This post explains how to compute composite exchange rate indicators, specifically Real Effective Exchange Rate, Nominal Effective Exchange Rate, and Import-Weighted Index using gretl.

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From the CIS Assessment website (link): Most people have experienced discrimination in one way or another. Some people are more likely to suffer discrimination. These people might be: older people, young people, females, disabled people, homosexuals, lesbians, transgender people and ethnic minorities Wait, who’s left? Who’s less likely to be discriminated? Let’s see… Apparently it’s […]

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After a year of planning I have finally made up my mind and made a case for my computer.

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This short post explains how to quickly construct a polynomial trend from a time series.

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A short howto on assigning the preferred file manager to open the Dropbox folder under Ubuntu Trinity

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Still wondering why MDL is pegged to USD [only]. Are there any data on what currencies are used in Moldova’s foreign trade? The last source seems to be the Balance of Payments for 2001, which just states the share of freely convertible currencies. Not too much really…

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The main problem that arises when using several computers is how to keep files synchronized. There are dozens of solutions, and mine is probably not the optimal one. However, these tricks work out for me and I want to share. Besides, I just want to put down some of those long pipes I constructed, so […]

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What if everyone had access to the police database of stolen bikes (or any other registered thing)? What if that database were accessible via internet, or even better, via some cellphone application? Then anybody, when seeing an abandoned bicycle, could take a note of its registration number and check it out right there!

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From time to time I read about anonymous boards, sorta open-entry communities, formed around some phenomenon. The first example of such board is, of course, 4chan (no, I never read it — the “of course” is solely due to the large number of references to that particular website). As far as I know, anyone can […]

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Searching for data is always frustrating. While updating (or rather extending it back into the past) my personal database on CPI inflation I had to make my way through the jungle of different formats, time-spans, frequencies etc. that come from different statistical bodies (by the way, of all statistical agencies I checked out these days, […]

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