Subject: Re: Statistics for comp.lang.lisp
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 27 Oct 2002 23:37:12 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Paul Wallich
| The results appear to be an almost perfect object lesson in why
| statistical code metrics are useless without a deeper understanding of
| what's going on.  Both the tops and bottoms of the volume, "original
| content" and thread rankings contain solid representations from the most
| and least informative posters and threads of the past week.

  Well, what are the metrics you have used to determine your conclusions?

| I'm not immediately sure how deep a parse you would have to do to make
| completely reliable distinctions for this kind of thing.

  Readers would have to rate news articles.  For the past few months, I
  have been working on a system to do this with the Norwegian newsgroup
  hierarchy.  I may decide to repeat the experiment with other newsgroups.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
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