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    Explanation needed of "steep learning curve"

    Sometimes I see this. I know the words, but not the real meaning. Is it hard to learn, or easy to learn?

    Raymond

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    Re: Explanation needed of "steep learning curve"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond62 View Post
    Sometimes I see this. I know the words, but not the real meaning. Is it hard to learn, or easy to learn?

    Raymond
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    Re: Explanation needed of "steep learning curve"

    Well, a learning curve is always steep:
    http://www.psywww.com/intropsych/ch0...ing_curve.html

    And actually it is the steepest when you learn much in short time But people mean steep as in climbing a mountain.

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    Re: Explanation needed of "steep learning curve"

    A task that has a 'steep learning curve' is one that is difficult to learn from the very beginning, likely overwhelming the learner a bit with lots of information and things to do.

    But once they get past the steep curve...it flattens out, gets easier.
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    Re: Explanation needed of "steep learning curve"



    Steep - An incline which goes up suddenly at a sharp angle, as opposed to an incline which is gentle and gradual.

    This phrase comes up all the time to describe the difficulty of learning software programs - probably the context you're talking about, Raymond.

    Randy

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    Re: Explanation needed of "steep learning curve"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond62 View Post
    Sometimes I see this. I know the words, but not the real meaning. Is it hard to learn, or easy to learn?

    Raymond
    While it means "hard to learn," the level of difficulty depends on your personal experience and knowledge. You will find much of the new data difficult at first and some of it very obvious. It may also be complicated if you have learned one system and then switch to a second system. The main thing to keep in mind is that with familiarity comes clarity.

    No matter how "steep," if you work it through step by step each element will display its reason for being and things will begin to work.

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    Re: Explanation needed of "steep learning curve"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_Davis View Post
    ...if you work it through step by step each element will display its reason for being and things will begin to work.
    Usually - but then there are programs which have a Steep Learning Curve because they're just badly programmed, and you climb a steep hill trying to figure it out, when a gentler slope would have been all that's needed if the thing had been programmed more wisely in the first place.

    --No particular program (x1-COugh--x1--COUGH!) in mind when I say that.

    Randy

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    Re: Explanation needed of "steep learning curve"

    It is clear to me, now. Something like this

    http://www.box.com/shared/4gtpl1tp1r05ngtf6cqp

    Raymond

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    Re: Explanation needed of "steep learning curve"

    Now that is a great picture, Raymond. It reminds me of some software I have tried to use.

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