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Biblical Long Tail May 27, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in News.
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Logos, a Bible software company has new tools and resources that will change the way you think about Bible study. After number crunching on the different names used in the Bible, they found the long tail.

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While the top names (Jesus, David, Moses, Jacob, Abraham) are no surprise, there are some interesting observations farther down.

Since names, like many linguistic phenomena, follow a “long tail” or power law distribution, it’s no surprise that the majority (1634 of the 2987) of Biblical names occur exactly once in the Bible. And the 59 most frequent names account for about half of all the name mentions in the Bible.

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1. Daniel Foster - May 30, 2007

Long tail is everywhere…thanks for the link!


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