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RE: st: Think graphically, think logarithmically

From   David Kantor <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   RE: st: Think graphically, think logarithmically
Date   Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:10:32 -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.<<

And Jay responded:
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. [...]

Yes, the phenomenon is called Fechner's Law or the Fechner-Weber Law.


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