My publisher experienced a similar thing ( though not quite the same figures!) last year and she was ecstatic.

However…it turns out that a second-hand auto parts dealer in Russia was piggybacking her website! She was more than a tad miffed but I thought it was hilarious.

Ah..the joys of the internet. ]]>

Rave, M. J. (2008). “Interpreting Quantum Interference Using a Berry’s Phase-like Quantity”. Foundations of Physics 38: 1073–1081. Bibcode:2008FoPh…38.1073R. doi:10.1007/s10701-008-9252-y.

Haha! Damn, I really should have consulted you first!

]]>I’d like to brag right here that my only appearance in Wikipedia, anywhere, is in one of the references for retrocausality…see if you can spot it!

]]>Good idea…I thought about working this up in a more rigorous way but I don’t have any context for the data…that is, I don’t know WHY it would be exponential with a small linear piece. The theorist in me wants to have some EXPLANATION for the way the data is what it is…I suspect we’re talking about the way social media spreads, the speed of meme propagation in cyberspace, and so on, but I don’t know about any of that stuff. I would hope that someone has already looked into this…perhaps someone has written about the Gangnam style phenomenon, or What Does the Fox Say? or something similar. Anyway, if it ever happens to me again I’m going to keep meticulous notes and compare the two situations to see if they are mathematically the same.

]]>The HR diagram of undergrads has also definitely been re-shared (I can’t recall the others).

]]>hits = base + exp (-lambda t), where base could be a linear function of time with a very small negative slope. In fact, something like this could work:

base = number of total followers x (empirically determined constant) – slope x t, where you could easily determine the slope by subtracting the exponential decay and then using a linear regression. It’s simpler than having a lambda that depends on t!

You know, you could ask other bloggers that have had viral posts for their data and actually publish something about this on Arxiv. ]]>

Thanks, Elke…I’d be curious to know what OTHER posts have been re-shared. It’s not always easy for me to figure it out from WordPress’s cryptic data.

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