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August 16, 2006

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csven

Wait sec. He may be on to something. I've notced that the mor I tipe da mor stupedr an hornyr i git untl der a'nt mh lft t rd n a jl lka eci lacll 1 + 1 = 2 .... therefore T2 / R3 = (4 * pi2) / (G * MSun )

RT

I'm sure you know this, but the quote isn't a novel application, it's a trendy misunderstanding. The sentence itself describes a normal distribution of men with (possibly) the same mean as women, but a larger standard deviation. The long tail, I had thought, was a different type of distribution, as that little graphic at the top left of the page indicates. I know it's cool to see the phrase spread, but does it have to spread to the point of confusion and meaninglessness?

Chris Anderson

RT,

Yes, I know. But it was too good to pass up. Of course Gaussian (normal) distributions have tails, too, they're just not "heavy tailed" like the powerlaw that is the basis of the Long Tail work. I think The Economist was just having a bit of fun.

Chris

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Nigel Pond

At first I was stunned that someone could put that in writing - but then I realised he was right!

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The Long Tail by Chris Anderson

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