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RE: st: Think graphically, think logarithmically

From   "Verkuilen, Jay" <[email protected]>
To   "'[email protected]'" <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: Think graphically, think logarithmically
Date   Tue, 5 Jan 2010 14:45:40 -0500

David Kantor wrote:

>>It has some resemblance to that iconic picture that appeared as a New 
Yorker cover -- with 9th and 10th Avenue in the foreground, then the 
Hudson River, then the rest of the US, then the Pacific Ocean and 
Japan off in the distance.<<

Yes, that's because, grossly speaking, human perceptual systems are logarithmic. There's a classic study by Roger Shepard (inventor of nonmetric multidimensional scaling) that shows this. New Yorkers may be particularly narcissistic but it's a general property. 


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