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Philip Ronald Dutton
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The NKS Long Tail

Is it possible that NKS PCE employs the "long tail?" The PCE alone- at first glance- seems to be rather discrete in the generic sense: "after a certain point, all the complexity is the same."

Seperating the elementary CAs in terms of "class" seems to employ a non-discrete complexity characterization. In this case it is easier to understand PCE in terms of the long tail. Example: class 1 is at the very begining of the head, class 2 closer to the tail, class 3 closer to the tail, and finally class 4 is at the point where the head becomes the tail. The catch is that the tail would have approached a "flat" state very very quickly.

At any rate the "long tail' does provide a nice visual device for which to perform PCE-type thought experiments.


Note: much about the "long tail" is in relation to "niche markets" as in the following link: http://www.thelongtail.com/

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