# Event Clustering and Stochastic Processes

## Random process also occur in multiple dimensions.

## Order from Chaos and the Random

Try some simple
experiments. Take some coins and do some coin toss experiments,
keeping a record of results in each case. For the first experiment,
one coin is needed. Do a single toss and see what the result is and
record it. Good! You either have a head or a tail. The law of
averages dictates a 50/50 chance of getting heads and tails. But in
the one coin toss experiment it is either heads or tails, not half
and half. The half and half only describes a probability before the
act is committed, something akin to SchrÃ¶dinger's question about the
state of his cat in the box with a radioactive element that triggers
a series of events that kills the cat. Now the radiation that
triggers the event can happen at any time, or not at all and that is
why we don't know the state of SchrÃ¶dinger's cat until we open the
box and look. Until then, the cat to us exists in a curious state
where it is both dead and alive or neither dead or alive. Once the
act of coin toss has been committed, you either have 100 percent
heads or 100 percent tails. There is a tiny chance that the coin will
land on its edge, but this is insignificant.

Next try a
series of coin tosses. You can decide how many it is to be. You
should keep an accurate record of the result of all the single
events. Do this for a lot of single toss events. Make a tally of how
many times it came up heads and how many came up tails. The more you
toss, the closer the totals come into exact agreement of 1:1 or 50
percent of heads and 50 percent of tails. Examine the tally by event
to event and look for trends like several consecutive heads or tails
or even head to tail and back again. Try to find a predictable trend.
Chances are, you will find no such trend. If you do a large number of
runs, each and every one will be different. You will find clusters of
heads only or tails only. You will even find clusters of heads,
tails, heads, and tails. They will not occur in a predictable
fashion.

Now take several coins and toss them simultaneously
and keep a tally on each one. It helps to have different coins to
tell them apart in a tally. You can use a penny, a nickel, dime,
quarter, dollar coin and so forth to tell them apart. The results
will show as above with the tally getting closer to the 1:1 average
with great numbers of tosses. Look for trends as above, but also
across the tallies for different coins. You should begin to
appreciate the nature of random events and stochastic processes.

But
that is not the only thing to look for. You may want to see how many
heads or tails occur at the same time and how they are distributed.
It helps to organize things into columns and rows. The rows can be
labeled penny, nickel, dime, quarter, loony and twonnie for a six
simultaneous event plot. The columns can be numbered 1 to n where n
is the last multiple toss. Although repetitions of the same face can
occur fairly frequently along rows and in columns in the random
number toss, it is rare for all coins to show all heads or all tails.
The more coins you have, the more rare this kind of occurrence is.
Thus it is a rather simple case, especially for a large set of coins.
We can say that as the set gets more complex by way of possibilities,
'coincidental' occurrences decrease.

What of more complex
cases where irrational and transcendental numbers are involved
between the continuum of 0 and 1? We know from the laws of
self-affinity, that the cosmos is a very complex place and that
things like coastlines, cosmic dust and other natural phenomena can
be defined as infinite in complexity. We are dealing with very large
scales in this case and thereby reduce the chance of coincidence to a
vanishingly small scale in a purely random way. We could say that as
the scale of length of any system approaches infinity as the scale of
measurement approaches 0. Thus coincidence approaches 0 as any
system's scale in complex length approaches infinity. The rare
occurrences of multiple related and similar events tend to cluster
due to the nature of random processes.

The reader is also
encouraged to experiment with random number sets to determine the
distribution of coincidences for various scales of complexity as in 4
or 5 sets of random numbers between 1 and 100 or 1 and 1,000. We can
say two things! Coincidences will be distributed according to
Guassian definition and how they are rigorously defined. The greater
the spread in numbers being randomly generated, the less chance there
is for coincidences to occur. A coincidence is defined as an event
that is related to another purely by chance or accident. On the
cosmic scale, there are virtually no coincidences, but there are
plenty of "accidents!"

On the other hand, it is
acknowledged that there is a phenomenon such as phase locking where
two systems with slightly different frequencies will tend to move
into resonance. Sensitive dependence also tells us that very tiny
inputs are enough to completely alter the final state after several
iterations of the dynamic. We thus know of systems that diverge with
only very tiny inputs, but the opposite is also true with
convergence, especially if we run things in reverse. Thus phase
locking draws two nearly resonant systems into resonance and gives us
the makings of a 'coincidence'. Such 'coincidences' are like the
clusters of personality types that are governed by certain recurring
planets according to the statistical researches of M.
Guaquelin. Due to the fact that very complex systems are
involved, it is safe to say that pure coincidence is a vanishingly
small reality. In fact, it is safe to say that so called coincidence
is more related to things like phase locking, sensitive dependence
drawing two phenomena into resonance and thus it more properly called
serendipity. Suffice it to say that sensitive dependence and the
interpenetrating influences of each phenomenon upon the rest accounts
for the plethora of coincidences that mere chance cannot.

The
quantum
world is based on such stochastic
events. Here too, we will find clustering events, just like in
the coin tosses. The whole cosmos is built upon the quantum
foundation. Clustering at the quantum level can really add up to the
point of creating super massive black holes.

At the more local
level, we see stochastic processes at work when we experience the
myriad of phenomena that make up our experiences. Almost without
exception, we hear of events by type occurring close together in time
and even locale. The saying that bad or good news comes in groups has
some validity based upon the nature of event clustering. Plane, train
or bus crashes come in groups spaced close together in time,
separated by long periods of no such events. Weather extremes follow
a similar stochastic
pattern. Everyone is familiar with "When it rain's, it
pours" meaning that trouble comes in bunches and the work load
comes all at once, interspersed with quiet periods and calm where one
is forced to look busy to justify their continued employment to the
boss. During the busy period when it all happens it once, it's a
tough go just to keep everything acceptably together. In the anarchy
of the capitalist market, we see this trend at work in the economy
with booms and busts of all sizes occurring in a combined and unequal
fashion.

Even when we look to the formation of solar systems,
we see evolution mediated by forces, random events and harmonics in
synchronicity. Since random events tend to cluster as part of the
natural evolution of the cosmos, it is not surprising to find that
complex systems will evolve as a natural consequence. Planets in
orbit around a star must have orbital periods in dissonance to each
other in order to have reasonable stability. This dissonance will
evolve through time to create patterns that occur randomly in time
where planets cluster along one line of sight or another. Such is the
nature of great stelliums. In our solar system, this kind of thing
occurs roughly once very forty years, but no two stelliums are alike
in planetary grouping, angle of spread or where they are in reference
to the background stars. Since planets orbit in more or less
well-defined periods, these events are highly predictable, unlike the
events in the quantum realm or with coin tosses in a chained sequence
of events.

The long horizon of predictability of planetary
alignments can allow us to determine when events associated with the
planets will tend to cluster as well. Planetary clustering in an
aperiodic fashion will generate aperiodic effects, each upon all
others. Earth is not exempt from the forces of these planets. They
manifest in many ways, obvious and subtle. Some are easy to
understand, others are not. We can calculate the perturbational and
tidal influences with some ease and match these with real effects we
experience. The psychic influences are much harder to track. They are
there nonetheless as evidenced by the lunar and solar influences. The
stochastic and clustering nature of these influences is what is
behind the seeming stochastic and clustering nature of events we
experience.

There are many influences and many events. It is
hard to separate a single effect and link it to a single cause.
Usually, in the complex cosmos, many things occur simultaneously.
With diligent work and research over the long term, we can isolate a
specific result due to a specific influence and then make predictions
to test the observation. Fortunately, there are long records of
various types that allow us to do such detective work. We know for
instance that the eleven-year
solar cycle has been going on for millions of years. Direct
evidence is found in dedrochronological
records for thousands of years and in sedimentary deposits for
millions of years. We also know that the Venus influence on climatic
change has an exact match to ages of ice and warmth on the earth for
a few million years.

The ancients also tracked these events and left an exact record. Notable among these are the Mayan, Egyptian and Vedic accounts. All were avid sky watchers and linked their complexes directly to the sky. The Maya went one step further by recording numerous calendars for the moon, sun, Venus, Mars and the seasons. They uncovered many cycles which they tracked, using the ecliptic and galactic plane as marker points for tabulating cycles as observed from their exactly aligned temple complexes. We know that the moon alone has many cycles and the Maya were aware of the principle ones of the metonic, the tidal, the nodal, the sidereal, synodic and the eclipse cycles. Venus was watched over its 584 day period plus its 8 year less 2 day cycle. They made predictions based on a long history of observations that began with the Olmec and were carried on by them until the Spanish put a halt on it. Thus we can do likewise and make some sense of of event clustering from apparently random events.

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## Comments 3 comments

This is well organized and very informative article. Keep it up.

So the toss of a coin has other outside influences, other than the operater/tosser physical aspects attributions, of air conditions, and solar positions? Lj