0523: "Decline"

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0523: "Decline"

Postby dennisw » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:01 am UTC

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Title-text: 'There's also a spike on the Fourier transform at the one-month mark where --' 'You want to stop talking right now.'

Link: http://xkcd.com/523/

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:02 am UTC

Poor randall. :(
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby alchemistique » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:05 am UTC

No, Randall, seriously - gtfo of my head ;_;

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Wehpudicabok » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:07 am UTC

This one struck me as sort of a self-ribbing on Randall's part, as a reference to all of the graph-based comics he's done recently. Good comic.

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby fransisco4 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:08 am UTC

alchemistique wrote:No, Randall, seriously - gtfo of my head ;_;

I was just thinking about how much ot would take for some to say that.

Seriously you girlfriend left you for graphing things?

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Cimorene07 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:08 am UTC

Speculation as to what happened at the one-month mark?...:P

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:09 am UTC

My first thought was about NOFX's song "The Decline."

My first thought on topic was that this was a pretty funny comic today.
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby roc314 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:10 am UTC

The Fourier Transform, helping you sleep on the coach since 1822.

The alt text made this one.

Although I wonder if his cat also had the one month peak.
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby RandallGetOutOfMyHead » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:10 am UTC

alchemistique wrote:No, Randall, seriously - gtfo of my head ;_;


I know!

It's really weird that Randall would put a comic about graphs when I JUST looked at a graph in the paper.

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Kleppner » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:12 am UTC

I remember how my friends and I realized that our romantic relationships seemed to follow a sine wave...

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:13 am UTC

alchemistique wrote:No, Randall, seriously - gtfo of my head ;_;


This has happened to you?
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby fransisco4 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:14 am UTC

Cimorene07 wrote:Speculation as to what happened at the one-month mark?...:P

He went through a brief period of making flowcharts for every decision he had to take.

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Affableprechaun » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:14 am UTC

Wehpudicabok wrote:This one struck me as sort of a self-ribbing on Randall's part, as a reference to all of the graph-based comics he's done recently. Good comic.


Indeed. Randall is a little too fond of graphs, as many of us here apparently are judging from our enjoyment of his constant use of them.

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:14 am UTC

Cimorene07 wrote:Speculation as to what happened at the one-month mark?...:P

For a clue, see the opening post (it helps if you speak American English rather than British English).

edit: typo
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby TheHand » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:15 am UTC

Coincidence? I think NOT!

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Doodle77 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:20 am UTC

So the frequency of <3 in their relationship increased briefly at one month? :P
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Cimorene07 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:21 am UTC

dennisw wrote:
Cimorene07 wrote:Speculation as to what happened at the one-month mark?...:P

For a clue, see the opening post (it helps if you speak American English rather then British English).


Hmm...I do. And now feel silly for missing something.

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Lindir The Green » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:21 am UTC

dennisw wrote:
Cimorene07 wrote:Speculation as to what happened at the one-month mark?...:P

For a clue, see the opening post (it helps if you speak American English rather then British English).


I don't get it. Fourier transforms spike when there's a sharp corner, right? So the original plot of love vs. time has a sharp corner at t = 1 month, which somehow implies something?

edit: Or it could just be the frequency of love increasing... But why did she cut off his statement then? Unless there was a biological reason for the frequency increasing, but then wouldn't it be a recurring thing?

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby roc314 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:25 am UTC

Lindir The Green wrote:I don't get it. Fourier transforms spike when there's a sharp corner, right? So the original plot of love vs. time has a sharp corner at t = 1 month, which somehow implies something?
The spike indicates a periodic component with that wavelength. So there is a monthly cycle in their relationship.
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Lindir The Green » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:28 am UTC

Ok, ok, I get it now.

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby accurrent » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:55 am UTC

Posted literally the minute a relationship started to tank.

Out of my head, now. :(

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby _bud_ » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:42 am UTC

I wonder how one would graph <3 quantitatively...?

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Byrden » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:02 am UTC

Something's wrong here. A Fourier transform cannot have a spike at "the 1-month mark". The base axis of such a transform is frequency, not time. There is nowhere on the transform you can point and say it's "the 1-month mark".

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby stormieau » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:07 am UTC

accurrent I know what you mean.
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:16 am UTC

Byrden wrote:Something's wrong here. A Fourier transform cannot have a spike at "the 1-month mark". The base axis of such a transform is frequency, not time. There is nowhere on the transform you can point and say it's "the 1-month mark".

David


You've answered your own question. Now slap yourself on the forehead and be enlightened.
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby my_ledge_ends » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:38 am UTC

Randall, please get in my head. It's dark in here, and the voices have started to work together.

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Postby Flesh_Of_The_Fallen_Angel » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:46 am UTC

my_ledge_ends wrote:Randall, please get in my head. It's dark in here, and the voices have started to work together.

You made me feel much better about the world with that statement, I <3 you . . . (Quick! Someone graph how badly this ends!)

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby pyroman » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:54 am UTC

while i didn't have graphs per say i often did break things down into equations and logical expressions.... yea she didn't like that.

_bud_ wrote:I wonder how one would graph <3 quantitatively...?


don't think Randall knows either... http://xkcd.com/55/
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Rufaellie » Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:27 am UTC

I think the graph jokes are funny. Am I the only one who thinks the graph jokes are funny? Even Randall doesn't think the graph jokes are funny. I wonder why no one thinks the graph jokes are funny?

But seriosuly people, you should really know that 46% of all statistics are made up on the spot. Be warned.
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby Felstaff » Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:36 am UTC

I give the fellow credit for convincing his significant other to attend the meeting.
'We know why we're here today. May I bring your attention to our first graph: "sexual satisfaction". See how it has quickly declined to no more than a murmur after the first month or so. It does, however, spike every Monday when I visit your sister for those fifteen minutes after work.'
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Postby Whispering » Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:55 am UTC

Rufaellie wrote:But seriosuly people, you should really know that 99.999999% of all statistics are made up on the spot. Be warned.


Fixed that one for you.
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Postby dennisw » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:25 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:I give the fellow credit for convincing his significant other to attend the meeting.
'We know why we're here today. May I bring your attention to our first graph: "sexual satisfaction". See how it has quickly declined to no more than a murmur after the first month or so. It does, however, spike every Monday when I visit your mom for those fifteen minutes after work.'


Fixed.
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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby my_ledge_ends » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:35 am UTC

Flesh_Of_The_Fallen_Angel wrote:
my_ledge_ends wrote:Randall, please get in my head. It's dark in here, and the voices have started to work together.

You made me feel much better about the world with that statement, I <3 you . . . (Quick! Someone graph how badly this ends!)


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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby SirMustapha » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:24 am UTC

Wehpudicabok wrote:This one struck me as sort of a self-ribbing on Randall's part, as a reference to all of the graph-based comics he's done recently. Good comic.


Same thought here. Either the XKCD: Overrated blog is starting to hit him, or he's just calculated the right time to burst his own bubble for fun and lulz.

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby thinglie » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:03 pm UTC

Graphy-relationship-starved-guy returns! Hooray!

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby alok » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:26 pm UTC

Title-text: 'There's also a spike on the Fourier transform at the one-month mark where --' 'You want to stop talking right now.'


A wavelet transform offers better resolution in the time as well as in the frequency domain. I wonder if that would result in deeper insights.

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby yohanleafheart » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:03 pm UTC

roc314 wrote:The Fourier Transform, helping you sleep on the coach since 1822.

The alt text made this one.


Yeah, although the idea of defining love, and plotting it against time is a good one. I should try remembering my past relationships and trying to find those spots where things go downhill.

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Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:41 pm UTC

SirMustapha wrote:
Wehpudicabok wrote:This one struck me as sort of a self-ribbing on Randall's part, as a reference to all of the graph-based comics he's done recently. Good comic.


Same thought here. Either the XKCD: Overrated blog is starting to hit him, or he's just calculated the right time to burst his own bubble for fun and lulz.


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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby charl.ie » Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:21 pm UTC

Let this comic serve as a warning to those of you that posted in the "Graphs or diagrams that describe your life" thread...

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Re: "Decline" Discussion

Postby markkat » Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:26 pm UTC

Hm. The relationship began with love 5-6 times higher than the current level. -Not good.
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