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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Statistical Aesthete

Dear Prof S.,


Thank you for submitting a statistical poem to the Journal of Universal rejection.


An analysis of word-lengths appearing in your poem yielded the following:
1 letter words 1 1.4%
2 letter words 8 11.4%
3 letter words 15 21.4%
4 letter words 17 24.3%
5 letter words 10 14.3%
6 letter words 8 11.4%
7 letter words 3 4.3%
8 letter words 6 8.6%
12 letter words 1 1.4%
13 letter words 1 1.4%

It appears that there are too many 8-letter words in your poem.

Therefore we must reject your poem.  Should you convert some 8-letter words into 7-letter words, and/or perform a Kolmogorov–Smirnov test on a log-transformation of this data, we will reconsider your piece.  (Don't hope for any change in the outcome, however.)

Best regards,
Caleb
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Caleb Emmons, PhD
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Universal Rejection

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