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Topography Matcher

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Most things in life go up and down. For example, my weight. For example, the share price of Rentishams. For example, a person's disposable income.

All of these can be displayed on a graph. And what, I hear you ask, is the point of that? None! - I answer. A graph is a graph is a graph.

Meanwhile, the topography of the Earth is being mapped with increasing resolution. Clever reconstruction from multiple photos can reveal the topography of any region with stuning precision.

What is needed, therefore, is an App.

MaxCo.'s latest and first venture into the world of Apps, therefore, is our Topography Matcher (we are thinking of coming up with a cooler name).

Simply feed your graph data into Topography Matcher, and the software will scan the mapped surface of the Earth to find a segment whose topography exactly matches your data.

Rather than a mundane chart of cod stocks from 1951- 98, you can proudly display the north-east approach of Mont Blanc, identified as having the same peaks and troughs.

Rather than a dull graph of your personal wealth over the last three decades, you can instead display a topographically identical section of either East Anglia or Nepal, depending on your fortunes.

Those who believe in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things (of whom I am not one; but I am happy to take from money from those who do) can go even further. If your sales over the last five years are a perfect match for a cross-section through Pokaho County, Nebraska, you can confidently extend the line on the map to make projections over the coming years.

The possibilities are unlimitless.

MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 30 2015


       Rentishams shares never, I say never, decrease in value. The rate of increase might vary wildly, but decrease? Pah!
pocmloc, Jun 30 2015

       I think SciAm had an article about a version of this a while ago. Very useful for showing correlation (but not causation!)   

       + for the unlimitlessness.   

       // stuning precision.//
csea, Jun 30 2015

       //Rentishams shares never, I say never, decrease in value.// Well said, well said! However, they did wobble slightly at the time of the infamous "Bad Candelilla Wax Incident".   

       Fopp, you may recall, were not slow to capitalise on Rentisham's misfortune. However, it was never proven that Fopp was in any way responsible for bribing the Candelilla supplier to adulterate the supplies destined for Rentishams.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 30 2015

       //Rentishams shares never, I say never, decrease in value.//   

       Is there any connection between this and the fact that Rentisham's have never in their history paid out an Ordinary Share dividend on the millions of issued capital, but only on the Special Preference Voting Shares, of which curiously all three happen to be owned by members of the Buchanan family ?
8th of 7, Jun 30 2015

       No, I shouldn't think so. Interesting, though - I'd never looked at it that way. I shall have to raise the matter with Sturton and the intercalary as soon as they return. (Sturton is currently in Penge investigating claims of a previously unrecorded species of vole which lives only in wine cellars; the intercalary is doing community service on Roast Beef Island - a condition of his bail.)
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 30 2015


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