September 20, 2006
Posted by Arcane Gazebo at September 20, 2006 1:50 PM
As a follow-up to yesterday's festivities, here's a study of the number of r's appearing in piratey exclamations, based on Google hits. The author finds a power law with an exponent of about -4. (Via Cosma Shalizi, who advises caution in inferring power laws from log-log plots.)
I have a very long rant on log-log plots and the search for power laws that I could write, but I am not in the mood at the moment.
I'll probably post a blog entry on this reasonably soon because I am very amused by the powerrrrrr law, but my mind is basically entirely elsewhere.