An amazing visualization tool to sort of understand the complex network of the pork barrel fund money flow.
Consider, they were able to derive the following values from their data for each of the politicians:
|Betweenness Centrality||Weighted Degree||Clustering Coefficient||Eigenvector Centrality||Closeness Centrality|
From here, can we derive another number, the Corruptibility Tendency Coefficients defined as:
- a coefficient that indicates the possibility that the politician is taking the pork barrel funds for themselves and therefore tend to be corrupt. The closer this value to a certain threshold, the higher the possibility for corruption.
Let's call those thesholds, the Napoles Thresholds (like the Schwarzschild radius but these are more a social indicator than a universal constant.)
Political science theorist in collaboration with mathematicians, physicists can create theories.
The Napoles investigation will be the experimental proof for the hypotheses.
From accounting data, these can be generated annually and analysed.
This will not serve as an evidence, merely an advanced warning system. A precaution and then a deterrent for politicians thinking of misusing these funds.
I had an absurd idea way back that corruption should not be seen in a negative light. It is the degree of corruption and person that is doing it that should matter.
If a politician is doing great work to his people, he should be allowed a certain amount of kickbacks from the projects he is able to implement successfully. Like a 20,000 peso cellphone gift as kickback for a multi-million peso housing project that benefited a thousand homeless families. The politician deserved that cellphone didn't he. It should serve as an incentive, a motivation to do better on all his projects.
Compare corruption to the Yakult good bacteria. Bad if too many doses.
I said it was absurd, didn't I.
The Science of Politics
In our local government, the people running for govt positions during elections have established some kind of process, pointers, strategies for campaigning.
- tips to cover the most areas during one motorcade.
- a list of funerals, birthday parties, graduations which will be held during the campaign period (a list which is shared and distributed among running mates)
- the correct size of shorts to wear to attract men's attention without losing too much dignity (yep, the female candidates do)
They boiled the entire campaign processes to a science. Or a business.
Profit = Income - Expenses