The expression "steep learning curve" always annoys me. If a learning curve plots learning (y axis) against time (x axis), then a steep one signifies that you learn quickly.

What if it is the amount needed to be learned in a given account of time?

@jlcrawf That would be an unusual definition. Merriam-Webster gives "a curve plotting performance against practice" or "the course of progress made in learning something."


@gmcgath @jlcrawf

I have a problem with the accepted definition because cog sci indicates the curve isn’t continuous

@ProfWorr The whole notion of a "learning curve" is a metaphor at best. It's measurable for something like the size of a person's vocabulary, but it doesn't have a lot of meaning for a skill.

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