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Old 10-03-2002, 07:58 PM
lorinda lorinda is offline
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Default Two plus Two posts - Probability.

What is the relationship between the number of views on a thread, the number of posts in the thread, and the actual number of different people who have read the thread?

I remember before they changed the forum that the number of views per post dropped off significantly as it went further down the thread (and often further away from the topic)

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Old 10-03-2002, 08:19 PM
GrannyMae GrannyMae is offline
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Default Re: Two plus Two posts - Probability.

Any comments?

i have determined that if i am part of the thread, my post has had exactly 1.8% of the total views, and 80% of those are my incessant reclicks.


hope that helps
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Old 10-03-2002, 11:10 PM
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Default Re: Two plus Two posts - Probability.

I use to look at these numbers and they follow, more or less, an exponential decay curve. You could dub it - The Losing Interest Curve. The more "famous" the poster the longer the interest or half-life, just like the exponential decay of a radionuclide. Thus, David Sklansky, Mason Mulmuth and Ray Zee are usually analogous to Uranium-235 while others are more like Radon-219. This is how people respond to others or to ideas.

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