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RE: More On the Semantic Web (or: is RDF any good?)

From: Gordon Joly <gordo@dircon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 09:30:38 +0000 (GMT)
To: Matt Jensen <mattj@newsblip.com>
cc: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>, Craig Pugsley <craig.pugsley@mimesweeper.com>, "'www-rdf-interest@w3.org'" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, "'semantic-web@w3.org'" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.21.0011080920090.18446-100000@tdc.dircon.co.uk>

Jakob Nielsen shows that both "page requests" (for a site such as
http://www.sun.com/) follow the Zipf law. He states (on the site you gave,

"The figure shows incoming page-requests to a single site. Other
studies have found that Zipf curves characterize the outgoing page
requests from the employees of an organization (there are a few pages
that everybody look at and a large number of pages that are seen only

So the law applies for "page popularity" plotted against "hits per
month" (his terminology).

*****>>>>> earlier it was said...

>However, because the Web is described by Zipf's law [1], you might get
>good value out of convincing "only" the top 100 sites (in page views) to
>implement your semantic system.  Then a form of Metcalfe's law [2]
>applies, where other web sites have more and more reasons to join.

Yes, to convince them. But like HTML (the well know computer virus),
inertia rules.

Did PNG take off like a rocket? Answer - no. And that was a very
simple in comparison.


On Tue, 7 Nov 2000, Matt Jensen wrote:

> No, I haven't proved it, but others have, with regard to requested URLs.
> Scroll down in footnote [1] until you see the section titled "Zipf's law
> in Web Access Statistics."  There are 18 academic papers cited. Probably
> the most popular non-academic page describing this is Jakob Nielsen's
> page, "Zipf Curves and Website Popularity", at
> http://www.useit.com/alertbox/zipf.html.
> -Matt Jensen
>  NewsBlip
>  Seattle
> On Tue, 7 Nov 2000, Gordon Joly wrote:
> > > [1] http://linkage.rockefeller.edu/wli/zipf/
> > 
> > Have you proved that the described by Zipf's law? With which
> > parameters?  Links? Pages? Pageviews?
> > 
> > Gordo.
> > 
> > -- 
> > Gordon Joly       http://www.pobox.com/~gordo/
> > gordo@dircon.co.uk       gordon.joly@pobox.com
> > 

Gordon Joly       http://www.pobox.com/~gordo/
gordo@dircon.co.uk       gordon.joly@pobox.com
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