While its easy enough to understand what “Connection”, “Criminal Connections”, and “Diplomacy” do, both from descriptions and the Standings window, I can’t really make sense of the math and would like some help.

So, the 3 skills above are the only ones which affect effective standings which in my case look like this:

- Connections: Increases positive standings for corps and empires by 4% per level. In my case, increases standings with the SoE from 3,99 to 4,48 at skill level 2. How exactly do you get an increase of 0,49 here? What is this value 8% (or 8,16%)
*of*? - Diplomacy: Decreases effective negative standings by 4% (or as the attribute window says: “Diplomacy mutator 0.4”). In my case, increases standings with caldari state from -0,67 to 0,61 at level 3. Just… what? How?
- Criminal connections: In my case, I have no positive standings with any pirate faction but the math should be identical to Connections.

While its simple enough to just train the skills and forget about them, knowing how big the increase is, or how the skill *actually* works, would be of huge help in some cases.

Edit: I am specifically talking about the math behind this: