Archive for the ‘Linear-System-Theory’ Category

Sage: Open Source Mathematics Software System

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Sage is a free open-source mathematics software system licensed under the GPL. It builds on top of many existing open-source packages: NumPySciPymatplotlibSympyMaximaGAPFLINTR and many more
Access their combined power through a common, Python-based language or directly via interfaces or wrappers. → TourTutorialDocumentation
Mission: Creating a viable free open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica and Matlab.


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Eigen – C++ library for Matrix Math

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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Using GraphViz to Draw Networks

Friday, December 19th, 2014

This GraphViz graph was animated using vis.js

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Friday, December 19th, 2014

I want LTSPICE or otherwise to put out a spice deck like netlist as shown in the photo inset and the video embedded below. 

 I have not yet found a way to get this type of output.  All the output formats you can select for export in LTSPICE have the form:


RefDes1.Pin1, RefDes2.Pin1 …….



Which of course is suited to pcb layout programs but not what I am trying to do.   See ExpressPCB Netlist format.

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Economist and Economic Modeller Steve Keen showing instability inherent in high debt economies

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Video Notes

  • I have seen this kind of stability analysis applied before.  It is valid for circuits and system functions – I would posit it is valid for economic systems
  • When economies start using debt to drive employment things are ok for a few economic cycles – then you hit a last cycle when debt taken on is huge – the economic levitation ends – the economy shuts down.
  • The blue trace with loops is a tracing of oscillator "squegging" as we call it in electrical engineering – parametric modulation
  • because private debt levels are so high private deleveraging can overwhelm government deficit spending
  • writing off the bad debt – a.k.a. recognizing the bad debt is the only solution
  • to stabilize the system the system should be tweaked to limit the amount of personal debt individuals are willing to take on – base housing loan prices on rents you can get for said house instead of what appraisers conjure up
  • Full talk at the Whitlam Institute is here
  • The associated PowerPoint presentation is here


Convolution of time signals using polynomials-The Super Easy Z transform

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

1+x+x^2 *     1+x+x^2 =   1+2x+3x^2+2x^3+x^4

  • The filter is the sum of the last 3 signal samples. 
  • The signal is a pulse set of three ones.  The signal arrives 1 sample at a time.

Polynomial convolution diagram showing how coefficient of multiplied polynomials correspond to signal amplitudes

Notice the coefficients of the multiplied polynomials are equal to the signal output values at times 0 through 4.

If instead of using X as our variable we could use Z and we would see that all this is the Z transform.   The following principle is true for the above signal and filter.  It is true in general.

    Signal convolved with Filter    doubleleftright Transform of signal *  Transform of filter

Notice that the powers of X perform the function of place holding for location in time.  They keep track of what we can tally and these tallies correspond in power of X to time.  Time=4 corresponds to powers of 4 of X.