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  •  fantastic... now, also, could you please (2+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, drational

    explain:

    is the term "negative traffic" a term of art - or a statistical science term? And is it something that anyone in the field of data mining would instantly know to what that refers?

    ...

    We have such outstanding professional resources in this and other online communities. Since ultimately justice will take place in America when the court of public opinion demands that something be done, it really IS important to do both things:

    (1) Be technically and factually accurate and detailed... and

    (2) Try very hard to also be able to explain things in a way Joe Sixpack would instantly grasp. This is often best done by analogy and a graphic.

    Don't misunderstand what I'm saying, please!  I LOVE the technical expertise that gets revealed  and shared here.

    Now, I hope I made sense too :)

    --- McC: Real news | Access Corps: 1 - 2

    by rhfactor on Thu May 10, 2007 at 11:03:59 PM PDT

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    •  "negative traffic" (1+ / 0-)
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      Native Light

      As far as I know this is my own term, and I doubt it's standard in "the industry," however it should be understandable to people with relevant background, or for that matter with any background in statistical methods.  

      What I mean by negative traffic is the absence of traffic where one would expect it to be present.  A decrease in communication relative to the expected volume of communication.  

      If there is another current term for this I'll pick it up quickly enough, and of course it helps if anyone engaged in this stuff is using current standard language.  This will occur over time.

      And I believe the problem of explaining stuff to nontechnical audiences will be handled as competently as the analysis itself was handled.  I'm confident that we're in good hands here.  

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