Brad Fitzpatrick (brad) wrote,
Brad Fitzpatrick

Exponentially more

The other day gaal wrote about his pet peeve. Here's mine:

Misuse of "exponentially". As in:

Bob has 4 tacos.
Mary has 7 tacos.
Mary has exponentially more tacos than Bob!

Uh, where the x-axis? There's one frickin' data point.

(and yes, I made up that example, but I see it all the time with other things in place of tacos.)

I need to get back to packing. Down to the last 10% taking 90% of the time, I bet.
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