[ExI] Metcalfe's Law is Wrong

Jef Allbright jef at jefallbright.net
Thu Apr 10 18:10:58 UTC 2008

A particularly lucid article on characterizing growth value of
networks.  In particular, it argues against the n^2 of Metcalfe's Law
(which fueled much of the overheated Internet hype of the late '90s )
in favor of n log(n) which, like Zipf's Law, better characterizes the
"long tail" distribution we see in networks of nodes of unequal


- Jef

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