Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 1 A visualization of the progress of learning as function of experience. 2 (context by extension English) A measure of how much there is to learn in a restricted amount of time
The term learning curve is used in two main ways: where the same task is repeated in a series of trials, or where a body of knowledge is learned over time. The first person to describe the learning curve was Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885, in the field of the psychology of learning, although the name wasn't used until 1909. In 1936, Theodore Paul Wright described the effect of learning on production costs in the aircraft industry. This form, in which unit cost is plotted against total production, is sometimes called an experience curve.
The familiar expression "a steep learning curve" is intended to mean that the activity is difficult to learn, although a learning curve with a steep start actually represents rapid progress.
"Learning Curve" is an episode from the fifth season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5.
A learning curve is a relationship of the duration or the degree of effort invested in learning and experience with the resulting progress, considered as an exploratory discovery process.
Learning Curve may also refer to:
- Experience curve effects, regularly observed reduction in costs of manufacturing and delivery with increased experience. Associated mathematical models
- "Learning Curve" (Babylon 5), an episode of the science fiction television series Babylon 5
- "Learning Curve" (Stargate SG-1), an episode of the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1
- "Learning Curve" (Voyager episode), an episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager
- The Learning Curve, a 2001 thriller film
- Learning Curve (1998 film), a 1998 film about a substitute teacher in a public school, also goes by the name 'Detention 1998'
- Learning Curve, an album by British DJ DJ Rap
- Learning Curve Brands, a designer and manufacturer of products for infants and children of all ages, a subsidiary of RC2 Corporation, acquired by Takara Tomy in 2011
__NOTOC__ "Learning Curve" is the 16th episode of Star Trek: Voyager and final episode of the first season.