Power Laws, Longtails, and Software


Yesterday I spoke to a group of about 60 students at UVSC and then in the evening, I addressed the BYU Unix Users Group. I spoke on Power Laws, Longtails, and Software. Here's the abstract:

If you took statistics and are a Computer Scientist, chances are you learned about the wrong kinds of distributions. Hardly anything about CS is normal...or Gaussian for that matter. This talk will explore power law distributions and their relationship to Internet businesses like Amazon.com and Rhapsody. Having a tough time figuring out who to work for? Power laws can help.

This is a fun talk to give to CS students and I enjoyed both sessions.