Re: Generation V #CoP #generations

Albert Simard <simarda@...>

This is a question of statistical deduction (going from the general to the specific).  Samples from large populations may or may not be applicable to small segments of a population.  Generally, variance (diversity) increases as sample size decreases.  Any statistician will tell you that a minimul statistically significant sample is 30 cases.
One would have to determine the underlying assumptions for a population that influence the statistical distribution and compare them to those for a company to see if they are the same or at least similar.
Using their statistics, about 20% would be contributing in some way (sounds a lot like the universal 20/80 rule).  In a community of 30 people, that would be about six.  But the essence of a community is that everyone should be a player or it probably isn't a real community. 
So, the elaborate study demonstrated that the Pareto (or is it Peter; I can never remember which it is!) principle seems to apply once again.
Al Simard

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