Friday, November 7, 2008

Power Laws in Software

A good paper explaining Power Laws, and the 80-20 observation. Some of the correlations between the distribution and actual data are a bit loose, but the authors provide error measures (r squared) for all datasets presented, and in some cases make mention of some poor fits. Overall, very helpful.

Couple of tangent thoughts while reading this:

static dependancy analysis with Java reflection sounds like fun :)

"... only a few reusable components can be reused profitably [Glass 1998]" look into this further. Does this correlate with the previous paper on code reuse?

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