Re: FY;) see, it's still spreading

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Thu Mar 22 2001 - 22:43:10 MST

On Thu, 22 Mar 2001, J. R. Molloy wrote:

> By that reckoning, I do 6% more work than 'Gene.
> (J. R. Molloy gets 213 hits... )

No, no, no. its a bell curve that has to
be adjusted for redundancy. For example
Anders has zillions of references because he
has lots of pages with high information content
(as do others, partularly Amara). Now the
academics (Max, Robin, Nick, etc.) have to
have some kind of 'adjustment' factor added
as would artistic people like Natasha or
E. Shaun (please people don't rake me over
the carpet if I neglect to mention you).
The academics need a "significance" adjustment
factor (for which Anders role-playing pages
do not count [in contrast to his Dyson Sphere FAQ]).

Many of H.K. Hensons mentions should presumably
be adjusted downwards due to the fact that
after the 5th page of the "war" he is engaged in
we just don't care anymore (though I am certain
that Keith does). So there has to be some way
of discounting pages that concentrate at the peak
of similarity while adjusting the weight of
pages based on the outlying borders of a distribution

Eugene is someplace on one of the downward slopes
of the curve. His posts are less frequent
(and should therefore be up-weighted) but when
present, are usually meritorious (also justifying
upweighting) [Of course with a substantial discounting
for the argumentative messages (depending on subjective
weightings of merit in this respect).]

It isn't how many or few references you have, its
how authoratative or rich they are in information
content. Unfortunately we are not yet very good at
evaluating those things yet.


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