Posted by Phil M on November 12, 2003 at 05:39:56:
In Reply to: There needs to be new input!!! posted by Sam on November 12, 2003 at 04:30:05:
Really wrong form, but...
: Time to throw in some new ingredients.
: The poems are becoming stale. Reaching that asymptotic line of 'the end', you know, end of growth curve, way too far into the field of diminishing returns...
I'm not sure. Yes, I'm seeing some phrases repeated, but the ones that are annoying me by their prevalence are marking their containers down, at least as far as my voting is concerned, so allowing the diversity of less frequent contents. What we really need is a run through the entire population (or, indeed, regular runs through the population) taking frequency samples of single words, pairs, triplets, etc, and comparing them. If the bell curve of "number having that many instances" gets skewed towards the top end, then theres a possibility you're right (but it should have started out skewed to very much "everyone with equal share", and we expect it to move at least to a neutral position).
Also, the less different two chronologically/'votescastally' separated frequencies are (comparing tallies of individual words/word-combos across time) the less change has occured, which may not be a good sign.
If either is occuring (without obvious sign of the other being satisfactory, at least), perhaps the likelyhood of random word substitution (from original 'master-dictionary', that is) should be increased?
: But thats just my opinion as a devoted voter, I guess.
With the voting rate being generally low, at the moment, I was wondering if it's developing at a reasonable rate, votes-wise, but seems to be quite slow w.r.t. time passed (especially as you probably contribute a greater proportion of votes than in busy times, and hence your contribution isn't being padded out as much by that supplied others).
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