|Re: Wired Magazine Rates Graphing Calculators|
Message #6 Posted by Les Wright on 24 Mar 2007, 11:45 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by Eric Smith
Thanks for pointing that out Eric.
"Steep learning curve" is one of those chalk-on-a-blackboard irritating cliches. Usually, overuse of cliches renders them meaningless. In this case, the cliche has taken on a meaning precisely the opposite to its original use, which I believe is the rather narrow field of experimental psychology--rats in mazes, that sort of thing.
In that case, if time is on the x axis and some measure of learning is on the y axis, smart rats will learn more in less time, and the slope of the resulting graph--the primordial learning curve--will be steeper.
I like to use the phrase "shallow learning curve" in casual conversation to really confuse folks easily baffled when the discussion moves into the Cartesian plane.
The smart rat gets the most pellets most quickly. I'd rather be the smart rat.
Edited: 24 Mar 2007, 11:47 p.m.