Loren Merritt donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Rationality improvement)

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Websitehttp://akuvian.org/
LessWrong usernamepengvado
GitHub usernamepengvado
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Miscellaneous notes: Loren Merritt is famous as the creator of x264 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X264 a free software library for encoding video streams into the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format, which has been the main way he got wealthy (see http://www.x264.nl/developers/Dark_Shikari/loren.html and https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=320102 for some related discussion). See the comment http://lesswrong.com/lw/ftg/2012_winter_fundraiser_for_the_singularity/807l for the link between his LessWrong handle and his real name; also see https://mailman.videolan.org/pipermail/x264-devel/2008-March/004227.html for other evidence of his use of the pengvado handle

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000
Rationality improvement 1 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2014
Rationality improvement (filter this donor) 1 1 40,000.00 40,000.00
Total 1 1 40,000.00 40,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

Donation amounts by subcause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given subcause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2014
Rationality improvement 1 1 40,000.00 40,000.00
Classified total 1 1 40,000.00 40,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00
Total 1 1 40,000.00 40,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2014
Center for Applied Rationality (filter this donor) Rationality FB Tw WP Site TW 40,000.00 40,000.00
Total -- -- 40,000.00 40,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 donations)

Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Center for Applied Rationality40,000.0012014-01-07Rationality improvementhttp://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ab0o-- Donation is announced in response to the post http://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ by Anna Salamon of CFAR, making the case for donating to it.

Similarity to other donors

The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 3 donors by the Jaccard index because we show up to 30 donors and show only donors with at least one donee in common.

Donor Number of distinct donees Number of donees in common (intersection) Union size Jaccard similarity Cosine similarity Weighted cosine similarity
Aaron Gertler 1 1 1 1.0000 1 1
Open Philanthropy Project 1 1 1 1.0000 1 1
EA Giving Group 3 1 3 0.3333 0.5774