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".

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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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Re: "Decline" Discussion

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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Re: "Decline" Discussion

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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Re: "Decline" Discussion

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.'


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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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I'm torn as to whether or not you feel better about yourself at my expense, or if it's something else altogether. The lack of communication in that respect leads to doom.

That, and the voices. Sneaky bastards...
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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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Re: "Decline" Discussion

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.


I'm optimistic that the blog will only serve to improve the comic.
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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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