# Claims that some people find very interesting

Here is a new result which Yoram Bauman has pointed my attention to. The title is "Markets are efficient if and only if P = NP" and the author is Philip Maymin. Here is the abstract:

I prove that if markets are weak-form efficient, meaning current prices fully reflect all information available in past prices, then P = NP, meaning every computational problem whose solution can be verified in polynomial time can also be solved in polynomial time. I also prove the converse by showing how we can "program" the market to solve NP-complete problems. Since P probably does not equal NP, markets are probably not efficient. Specifically, markets become increasingly inefficient as the time series lengthens or becomes more frequent. An illustration by way of partitioning the excess returns to momentum strategies based on data availability confirms this prediction.

Points like this seem to be rediscovered every ten years or so; I am never sure what to make of them. What ever happened to Alain Lewis?