[FRIAM] Scant evidence of power laws

Nick Thompson nickthompson at earthlink.net
Sat Feb 17 12:19:13 EST 2018

Absolute power corrupts absolutely – Lord Acton


The article is very good.  I recommend it to my fellow “citizens”.


What always amazes me about physicists is how easily they slide between their descriptive laws and their explanatory principles.  Is the power law a descriptive generality that can be falsified by statistical analysis or an “underlying Reality” that is true no matter what the data say. 




Nicholas S. Thompson

Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Biology

Clark University

 <http://home.earthlink.net/~nickthompson/naturaldesigns/> http://home.earthlink.net/~nickthompson/naturaldesigns/


From: Friam [mailto:friam-bounces at redfish.com] On Behalf Of Roger Critchlow
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2018 11:03 PM
To: The Friday Morning Applied Complexity Coffee Group <friam at redfish.com>
Subject: Re: [FRIAM] Scant evidence of power laws


You missed it, it's linked in the lede, 2nd through 4th words.


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On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 7:24 PM, uǝlƃ ☣ <gepropella at gmail.com <mailto:gepropella at gmail.com> > wrote:

Did I miss it?  Or was this the article they (failed to) link(ed) to?

  Scale-free networks are rare

On 02/16/2018 10:03 AM, Roger Frye wrote:
> https://www.quantamagazine.org/scant-evidence-of-power-laws-found-in-real-world-networks-20180215/

☣ uǝlƃ

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