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Oh my god how do kudoses fall out please I need to know
Anonymous asked curlicuecal
How does Dave ship fic kudos fall out?
I HAVE GRAPHS.
I know, it’s shocking. *ahem.* Anyway, these are just the graphs for the overall distribution of kudoses among Homestuck works on AO3.
Graph number one, regular scale:
Yes, that blue line tracking the axes really is trying to tell you something about kudoses. It’s ridiculous, I know.
Basically: Along the horizontal axis we have works ranked into percentiles by number of kudoses received. (So the top percentile of works would be from 0 to 1, and the bottom percentile would be from 99 to 100.) Key take away message: Works in the top 1% of fics are receiving a shit-ton more kudoses. (Yes that is a scientific measurement.) ((Actually it’s like half a percent receiving 500 or more kudoses.))
But that top half a percentile is really swamping out a lot of the picture, so let’s put this on a log scale:
Okay, way prettier. So from this graph I’d like to point out that somewhere between a quarter to a third of homestuck fics receive 10 or less kudoses.
Also in general, you can see pretty standard logarithmic growth (that’s the straight part of the line in the middle) which means that for every kudos you get you’re a set amount more likely to get more kudos….except for at the very lowest and highest rankings. There’s a little pile up of fics with no kudoses in the bottom percentiles and then a HUGE jump up in the top percentiles. (There are probably specific fancy terms for these effects but damnit Jim I am a scientist not a mathematician.)
Anyway, this indicates a tremendous feedback effect where getting enough kudoses enables you to get even more kudoses and so forth to a way way way greater degree than at any of the lower rankings. I call this the “being listed in the first few pages of a tag” effect. (The top 1% of homestuck fics take up 12 pages.)
If you wanted to be really ambitious you could calculate the area under the curve of that first graph and get an idea of how total kudoses are distributed. Just eyeballing it I’d say that more than half of all kudoses given to homestuck works are given to less than 5% of the works. (It’s probably more like 1-2%? WE ARE THE 98%.)
But fortunately kudoses aren’t really a limited resource or anything, SO. I guess we don’t need to start a revolution or anything.