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A group of securities, assets or anything else with similar characteristics. One may consider, for example, a universe of stocks in the same industry. Universes are useful when comparing one data point to others in order to maintain control over systematic factors.


In the world of investments, the word universe refers to a specific group or category of investments that share certain characteristics.

A universe might be the stocks that are included in a particular index, the stocks evaluated by a particular analytical service, or all the stocks in a particular industry.

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For instance, our universe is unlikely to expand then contract until a new big bang happens: It has been determined that the universe's expansion rate is speeding up, not slowing down toward stopping and contraction.
If another universe bumped ours as our universe was beginning to form, it is thought that it would have impacted the background radiation and caused a section of it to have a different temperature than the radiation around it, and it is thought that the area where there is a temperature change should look like a disk.
Both our universe and the cousin universe have their own children, which are the star-like or supermassive black holes.
We let the entire space universe be the set (denoted by U) of all universes; the child universes (also the niece universes) are null sets (C = {} or N = {}); our universe is a set of the child universes (O = {C,C,C,.
If Smolin's theory of cosmological natural selection is correct, then our universe should be "optimized" for black-hole production.
By chance, one of those plates whacked into the one destined to become our universe.
Decoherence involves throwing away alot of information and literally ejecting a lot of probabilities from our universe, for the thrown-away probabilities belong to other parallel universes.
Page's model doesn't seem to explain the specific boundary conditions of our universe, but nevertheless, he says, "A number of things have been done with this.