Thursday, 10 September 2009

Afternoon roundup

  • Luke Malpass at CIS argues that the government should realize its losses and sell off KiwiRail: privatisation and immediate culling of unprofitable lines makes more sense than continued stagnation. He's right.

  • Grocery line optimisation algorithms. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person in the world trying to run these models in his head while standing in line. Long story short: ballpark 50 seconds per person ahead of you with fewer than 3 items and add in an additional 3 seconds per item beyond that. Of course, adjust for the usual confounds like chatty or trainee clerks or elderly folks in the queue. In NZ, add in 10 second fixed cost per person in line with alcohol so the clerk can get a manager's check on age. HT: Marginal Revolution

1 comment:

  1. Invent a personal scanner to analyse the lines and run the algorith and you'll be a very rich man.

    I don't mind waiting for the manager check when buying alcohol - but please stop shaking my craft beer and disturbing the yeast! (unless it's wheat beer of course)