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About Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner’s interests focus on British and American legal history. He recently delivered a paper on ‘Mission Specific Instructions’ by which parents endow child-agents with writings identifying assigned tasks in a parent-conceived mission. Parsing the variables (systemic vs. stochastic) at work as the child-agent attempts to fulfill her assigned tasks, the investigator can replicate the risks taken by (a) the parent when the MSI is crafted, (b) the child-agent when she first receives her instructions, (c) the child-agent on the verge of completing her mission and (d) the parent when doing its post-mortem on success or failure of the mission. (The paper was delivered to the Sixth Annual Conference on Complexity in Business, Washington, D.C. 10.31.14.) Because the child-agent expects her efforts to be judged quantitatively (1=success, 0=failure, among other measures), the investigator may surmount challenges of anachronism and quantify the outcomes (as they are perceived by the agents involved) at various time-steps (i.e., at kinetic assessments): at crafting, in progress or on completion. Thus, employment of multiple linear regression, multinorm logistic regression or naïve Bayesian analysis are all legitimate tools to quantify such missions as (a) crafting Constitution II or (b) writing national banking legislation.
Prof. Aschenbrenner’s earlier efforts in QTA (=quantitative textual analysis) have stalled as QKA (=quantitative kinetic analysis) enjoys a broader and more consistent appeal to readers. However, the search for procedures germane to locating lodestar predicates and lodestar quotations along with comparisons of textual output in chartered organizations will continue with new articles and tables to be posted, albeit at a slower rate.
The author gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of History at Purdue University and especially Dr. John Larson.
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Present Faculty Member, Purdue University

Constitutional History (270)