Date: Sat, 19 May 2012 06:54:33 -0700
Reply-To: David Marso <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: David Marso <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Categorizing a power law distribution of user participation
in an online community (non spss question)
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First thing I would do I create a histogram and see if there are obvious
> I have data on participation in a large scale online community.
> Participation follows a power law distribution. This means that a fraction
> of the users are responsible for the majority of posts, i.e. a few people
> post a LOT while a lot of people don’t post much at all.
> My question is how to segment this population to tease apart differences
> between high, low, and 'in between' usage? Splitting users into groups at
> equal percentiles does not seem appropriate. I have not come across an
> established method for this kind of segmentation.
> Thanks in advance!
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