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learning curve

noun, Education
1.
a graphic representation of progress in learning measured against the time required to achieve mastery.
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  • An example of the latter class of changes in the learning curve.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • This gives twelve practice periods for the construction of a learning curve.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • Draw a learning curve similar to the one on page 95, showing the increase in skill.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • Another characteristic of the learning curve is the presence of the so-called "plateaus."

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for learning curve

learning curve

noun
1.
a graphical representation of progress in learning: I'm still only half way up the learning curve
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learning curve in Technology
jargon
A graph showing some measure of the cost of performing some action against the number of times it has been performed. The term probably entered engineering via the aircraft industry in the 1930s, where it was used to describe plots showing the cost of making some particular design of aeroplane against the number of units made.
The term is also used in psychology to mean a graph showing some measure of something learned against the number of trials. The psychology graphs normally slope upward whereas the manufacturing ones normally slope downward but they are both usually steep to start with and then level out.
Marketroids often misuse the term to mean the amount of time it takes to learn to use something ("reduce the learning curve") or the ease of learning it ("easy learning curve"). The phrase "steep learning curve" is sometimes used incorrectly to mean "hard to learn" whereas of course it implies rapid learning.
Engineering (http://computerworld.com/cwi/story/0,1199,NAV47-68-85-1942_STO61762,00.html).
Psychology (http://sun.science.wayne.edu/~wpoff/cor/mem/opereinf.html).
(2002-01-22)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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