PADA (Macken-Tiscoate) taxonometric classification system

A Brief History of PMT

PMT, the popular and well-established (though still controversial) classification system was developed in the late 1970’s at the University of West Clare’s Drumdigus Advanced Learning & Research Institute. A group of researchers, led by the world-renowned Professor Yech Fobov and (at the time) relatively unknown Professor Wladjva Faircough, sought to take in a different direction the means of classifying large and unwieldy groups of related objects into smaller clusters.

Though often criticised as “a crude instrument that causes more confusion than it removes”, the Paradigm-Aided Diverse-Association (PADA*) system has nevertheless found favour amongst those in the scientific community dealing with immense groupings – astronomers for celestial bodies, for instance, not to mention nuclear physicists seeking commonalities amongst sub-nuclear particles exhibiting quantum behaviours, where the ability to group entities by shared characteristics can enlighten. A commonly-touted benefit is that, like irrational numbers, shared characteristics can be invented if necessary.

Aide Memoire

The system, though useful, might have remained confined to these esoteric branches of science were it not for the discovery of its use as a memory aid for students of history, geography and other data-heavy topics.

Here, the unique power of the PADA Macken-Tiscoate system – to force-cluster disparate data points under a finite number of umbrellas – came to the fore. To this end, it has been used most famously and successfully to classify countries according to their initial letters.

Less success has been had in historical terms, with the classification of famous battles according to the time of day they started an ignominious example.

Ongoing Research

Present work at the Institute is focusing on PADA’s use in energy-efficient data transfer across wireless networks, and on the potential for sub-optimal applications of the PADA system in deep-space exploration, in partnership with NASA (Note: NASA may deny this, as it’s top-secret).

PADA in Action

See how easy it is to know any country in the world without knowing anything at all about it.


* The second half of the name of course honours the groundbreaking work of the early 1970’s by Dr Lionel Macken and Prof Roger Tiscoate.