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Subject:Re: About that learning curve From:Kelly Hoffman <kelly -at- NASHUA -dot- HP -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 2 Sep 1994 09:37:04 -0400
Fred M Jacobson <fred -at- BOOLE -dot- COM> writes about steep learning curves:
> This reminded me that a thinking colleague asked me a few week ago
> how the learning curve is plotted. If it's like this:
> | /
> | /
> knowledge | /
> | /
> a "steep" learning curve implies learning a lot in a short time -
> _not_ what this expression usually means.
Actually, I think that's *exactly* what it means.
You have a short time to learn something (in order to be productive at
a new job, for example), and the amount of knowledge you have learn in
that time is huge. Hence, the graph above. As a result, you have a
lot of hard work to do in that short time in order to climb that steep
Would you rather climb a hillside like the one above, or this one?
(within the limits of ASCII graphics ;-)
knowledge | ___
Kelly K. Hoffman kelly -at- nashua -dot- hp -dot- com
Learning Products Engineer
Hewlett-Packard, Network Test Division "Reading the manual is
One Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH 03062 admitting defeat."