Factional Calculus

Ezra Klein calls the figures below the difference between Democratic and Republican rhetoric (h/t Andrew Sullivan, Charles Franklin).

What’s politics got to do with it? These are facts. So …

I call it the difference between a thing and its derivative (or first difference) or the other thing and its integral (or cumulative sum).

Putting it together, we have that Democrats want to differentiate and Republicans seek to integrate. What’s the mathematical operation that splits the difference? It’s been a while but perhaps that’s what fractional calculus is for. Or is it factional calculus that’s needed here?

Oy! And it’s not even Friday yet. Click to enlarge.



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