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On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 06:14:47PM +0100, Leonardo Castro wrote:
> Have you ever felt that it's getting harder and harder to improve your
> profficiency in a language, and so you gave up on studying it to study
> something else (perhaps another language)? I think that this applies
> to studying stuff generally.
> 
> Pareto principle: "80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes". So
> maybe 80% of the understanding comes from 20% of the vocabulary...
[...]

In computer parlance, we say "the last 10% of the project takes 90% of
the total development time". :)

See also: Zipf's Law.


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