At 1/29/06 10:54 PM, red_skunk wrote:
At 1/29/06 10:40 PM, LordXanthus wrote:
Has anyone noticed that Politics is getting swamped with threads about racism?I rode that wave here. Heh.
It's sort of odd. Where did this trend come from? It hasn't been in the news. It'd be an interesting sociology project, tracking the rise and fall of certain topics in this forum. Someone should do it.
its just crowd mentality. Let us say that when one thread is made about a topic, the subsiquent persentage of a thread about the same topic being made is X. If a second thread is made, there is a slightly higher percentage. if a third thread is made, the percentage of a fourth thread being made is astronomically higher than the percentage chance of the second or third thread being made. And the 5th thread is virtually assured. Under this mathematical model, the percentage of a thread being made is perhaps X*1.25^Y, wih Y being the number of previous posts about it after the first, and X being the base percentage. However, by this model, after a certain number of topics about a subject, an infinite number would have to be made. So, we add a second part to the equation X*1.25^Y/*(5-Y)^Y, when Y is above 5. So, this takes into account the fact that after a certain number of threads on a topic, the wave dies down, and a new topic trend surfaces. THat equation isn't perfectly accurate, but I'm sure something like it models the trend.