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Dealing with scientific research, papers, publications, books, theories, laws and the scientific method related to Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.

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Is Bitcoin considered mobile money (formal definition)?

I'm using an IMF data set that includes mobile money variables along with a data set of cryptocurrency use. I found the mobile money variables to be highly correlated with the cryptocurrency use data. ...
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Does bitcoin.conf allow multiple zmqpubhashblock settings?

If two programs both want to use the same bitcoin core instance to get notified about new blocks, do you add zmqpubhashblock=<address> twice to bitcoin.conf with two different port numbers, one ...
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What does it mean to make mining more difficult? [duplicate]

Really I don't know nothing about bitcoin but now I got curious read something and immediately come to something on mind. I mean, there's a social economic comunity somewhere generating value based on ...
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Bitcoin data by country?

I am a political science graduate student looking to do research on bitcoin and cryptocurrency. To do so, however, I need data. While many datasets provide wonderful histories of bitcoin price and ...
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What prior work influenced the design of the Bitcoin instruction set?

The "Script" system used by Bitcoin transactions is commonly described as a Forth-like, stack-based language. What prior work influenced the design and layout of the Script instruction set? ...
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Are there any academic papers on the link between energy markets and Bitcoin mining?

I am keen to see if there have been any academic papers that have studied the link between bitcoin miners and energy markets, in-particular, if there is a so called 'no-arbitrage' requirement, or a ...
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Where can I find a survey on different fee estimation algorithms?

I am looking for a comparison or summary of different fee estimation algorithms. Does anyone know of one? I would like to see what the best starting point is in order to see where optimization can be ...
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What would be an example for an insertion into the blockchain?

I'm reading the paper The Bitcoin Backbone Protocol: Analysis and Applications. On page 21, definition 8 reads: An insertion occurs when, given a chain C with two consecutive blocks B and B, a block ...
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How does one prove total turingness of the bitcoin script using the Ackermann Functions?

In this Medium Article (https://medium.com/@craig_10243/bitcoin-a-total-turing-machine-5a6c3c68f5a7#_ftn2), C. Wright states: "...It is known that all primitive recursive functions are total and ...
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What is the fastest way to research Bitcoin block chain?

I would like to do some research of the Bitcoin blockchain. Because i would like to do massive amounts of processing and lookups, I need a fast way to search the blockchain. Http requests to insight....
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Wouldn't it be profitable to make an ASIC capable of calculating private keys?

Just looking at vanitygen-plus (currently supporting almost one-hundred crypto-currencies) do its stuff, and it is capable of over 548,990 keys/sec on my CPU alone. Well developed ASIC is several ...
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Current blockchain hot topics in research

I'm looking for a research project for my master thesis in software engineering and computer science and i'm willing to research the blockchain technology. What are the current open issues and/or hot ...
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Double spending on testnet or regtest?

I'm currently doing a research on bitcoin and I would like to know if there is anyway to replicate double spending in the testnet or regtest? If isn't possible is there any other type of "attacks" ...
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What is the implication of Induced Demand for Bitcoin scaling?

For the purposes of this question the working definition of Induced Demand is taken from Wikipedia: Induced demand, or latent demand, is the phenomenon that after supply increases, more of a good ...
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lookup in distributed ledgers

We know that the bitcoin distributed ledgers is stored in a serialized blockchain based on the transactions' chronicle order. The current size of this database is about 100 GB. How can they search ...
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clustering addresses, what's the most effective way?

The Fistful of Bitcoins paper by Meiklejohn et al has some nice heuristics. i.e. HEURISTIC 1. If two (or more) addresses are inputs to the same transaction, they are controlled by the same user; i.e....
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What exactly were the novel contributions of Bitcoin?

When Satoshi Nakamoto published the original white paper describing the Bitcoin protocol, they referenced Hashcash and B-money. B-money is a proposal for an electronic cash protocol, similar to ...
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Permission to reproduce diagram

I'd like to get permission to reproduce the diagram on how bitcoin works at What does a Bitcoin transaction consist of? for a book on money that I'm presently writing for Routledge Publishing. How ...
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Looking for a Project Ideas [closed]

Im a student at Sri Lanka institute of information technology and I am reading for cyber security BSc. I'm supposed to do a research project with a group of four people within an year. We are ...
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BitCoin Price Index -Studies on Relation to Network Hashrate and Block Difficulty?

Are there any available studies, articles or blog posts on this topic? I am currently working on a market analysis including major bitcoin exchanges and the bitcoin price index. I'm specifically ...
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Selection of dependent variables - Time series regression on Bitcoin Price in USD

We are doing a time series regression project to identify the variables that impacts the bitcoin price in USD. We came up with the following explanatory variables: 1) GDPs of US, Canada, Europe, ...
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Have bitcoin developers applied the solution for selfish miner attack?

The Majority is not enough paper proposed an academic and somehow practical attack to Bitcoin mining system based on creating hidden forks. The paper claims that if miners work on whichever fork they ...
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Bitcoin Game Theory Analysis

I'm looking to analyse bitcoin for a (rather introductory, low-level) game theory course. Game theory concepts I'd like to explore with regard to bitcoin: strategic games with ordinal preferences and ...
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Correct Citation Format for a Bitcoin Transaction

When writing an academic style paper where specific bitcoin transactions are used as examples, is there a standard format to "cite" a bitcoin transaction? If not, what do you think an appropriate ...
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How can one realistically model the distribution of the network's unspent transaction outputs?

I am working on a simulation to explore the usefulness of a patch for the CoinSelection behaviour of BitcoinCore. To that end, I am looking for statistics on the distribution of unspent outputs ...
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End-user security measures to protect your Bitcoins [closed]

I am trying to make a presentation on Bitcoin for my Security and Risk Analysis class. Currently, my research question is : What bitcoin security measures can enhance user-protection and reduce theft?...
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Defeating email spam with Bitcoin

There was a paper somewhere proposing a scheme for filtering email spam with the use of Bitcoin micropayments. I can't remember where I saw it and can't find it now. Anybody knows about it?
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Bitcoin related research areas [closed]

I have a one year research project in my MSc curriculum. So i was suppose to address a existing issue in bitcoin protocol. Highly appreciate if someone can advise me and give me some ideas. Thank you....
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If more than one coin did the "mini-blockchain" proposal, would that make the weaker coin vulnerable?

So, I was reading this paper as a proposal to the ever growing blockchain problem. In summary, it's security is provided without a full blockchain by having a proof chain with these fields: Previous ...
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Does selfish mining actually give an advantage in the absence of transaction fees, difficulty changes, and economic effects?

I am reading the Cornell selfish mining paper. In it, their main argument is that a selfish miner can increase the ratio of the blocks he mines relative to the honest miners. I do not dispute this. ...
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Is there any academic research on the influences of Bitcoin's long term valuation?

Is there any academic research or theories about what future events and metrics will most influence BTC's long term valuation relative to fiat currency?
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Economics article on BitCoin [closed]

I was wondering if some economists started to create a research group around BitCoin, or published academic paper on it. In general, I was wondering how BitCoin was analyzed and studied in academic ...
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Not relaying non-standard transactions

The following statement appears on the "Script" page in the wiki: Note that there is a small number of standard script forms that are relayed from node to node; non-standard scripts are accepted ...
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Colluding miners attack: Is the Bitcoin protocol compromised?

A very interesting academic paper has been recently published by two researches from the Cornell University (abstract, full PDF): Abstract The Bitcoin cryptocurrency records its transactions ...
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What challenges will bitcoin face in space?

What would the challenges of transacting in outerspace be for bitcoin? What improvements need to be implemented to address these challenges? I'm particularly curious about low-earth orbit.
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When thinking about e-currency in a general sense, what features discourage black market usage, but promote anonymity?

I'm interested in e-currency that discourages black market usage (child porn, meth deals, etc) but allows for anonymous operation (donations to charity, buying a pizza, viagra, or other health issues) ...
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Intrinsically useful proof-of-work using Mersenne or Fermat numbers factorization. Could it be possible? [closed]

I was reading this question and got myself thinking - why can't a crypto-currency use as proof-of-work a difficult problem that has value outside of the network? I understand the effort to produce all ...
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Is there a ripple whitepaper?

I'm interested in doing some research on the ripple system. Is there a whitepaper which explains the underlying fundamentals and how they are realised? I know about the Wiki, but that is not citeable ...
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Bitcoin Research

I have recently been assigned to advise a student on a senior thesis in math. She has taken linear algebra, introductory real analysis, basic cryptography, and abstract algebra. Her interest is in ...
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Bitcoin Dictionary

Is there a website that aggregates all technical and jargon terms used by the Bitcoin community? In other words, is there some compact reference guide that could serve as a "Bitcoin Dictionary"?
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What is the "Bitcoin stick"?

I've encountered the page on "Bitcoin stick" while browsing the Research wiki page. The information provided on the subject is quite small. Can anyone explain what it really is and where one can find ...
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What is the formula to calculate the length of a merkle tree?

What is the formula to calculate the length of a merkle tree, given the length of the leaf vector?
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Inflatory and deflatory economy comparison [closed]

Does anyone know of any good book/paper/article comparing the inflatory and deflatory economies? I would like to know if there are any scientific publications on the matter that are approachable to ...
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What cryptocurrency systems predate Bitcoin, and how do they differ from it?

Although Bitcoin is certainly making strides as the first cryptocurrency to enter (comparatively) widespread use, cryptocurrency has long been a topic of discussion in fiction and academia. What ...
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Are there scientific studies related to the Bitcoin technology?

Besides “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”, which is more like a brief description of the general framework, are there other ‘scientific or research grade’ studies about Bitcoin ...
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Can bitcoin transaction data be used to study markets?

The nice thing about bitcoin is that it generates partially anonymous data about every single transaction. Can this data be used to gain insight about real-world markets? Or are there some fundamental ...
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