On Feb 23, 5:19 pm, Ray Vickson <RGVick...@shaw.ca> wrote: > On Feb 23, 11:20 am, Jennifer Murphy <JenMur...@jm.invalid> wrote: > > > > > > > On Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:56:58 -0500, Rich Ulrich > > > <rich.ulr...@comcast.net> wrote: > > >You give no hint, that I notice, of what it is that you > > >are trying to accomplish. > > > >For most purposes of inference that come to my mind, > > >the extreme cases -- the ones that you seem to propose > > >to drop -- are the most informative and most interesting. > > >So I conclude that your interests are probably the opposite > > >(in some fashion) from what my naive interests would be. > > > >I repeat-- What are you trying to do? > > > I am trying to calculate for each word the relative likeliness that it > > would be encountered by an average well-educated person in their daily > > activities: reading the paper, listening to the news, attending classes, > > talking to other people, reading books, etc. > > > The raw scores that I have already do that, but I question the > > weighting.I do not think that the average person encounters the types of > > words typically found in academic journals at the same frequency as they > > would those found in newspapers or magazines. Therefore, I want to > > re-weight the five sources to reflect a more average experience. > > The "average" well-educated person will never read an academic > journal. Whether or not a well-educated person will read a novel (or > fiction in general) will depend strongly on whether that person is > male or female. > > RGV- Hide quoted text - > > - Show quoted text -
I strongly disagree. Papers from scientific and engineering journals are easily obtained on the internet, some for free and others for a price. Abstracts are aways free. Almost eventually, a well educated person will have a health problem which will prompt that person to read papers from medical journals. For example, I have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and, at age 65, I have been diagnosed with T2 diabetes. I read many scientific papers about T2 diabetes.
Put it this way, if your life depended on it, you would be a God damn fool not to read papers from medical journals.