I just realize i always misinterpret the meaning of learning curve. So here are the definitions on the internet.
- From Wikipedia
- The expression steep learning curve is used with opposite meanings. The term is often used in common English with the meaning of a difficult initial learning process. Nevertheless, the Oxford English Dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary define a learning curve as the rate at which skill is acquired, so a steep increase would mean a quick increment of skill.
- From StackOverflow
- The term learning curve refers to the graphical relation between the amount of learning and the time it takes to learn.
- From dictionary.com
- A graphic representation of progress in learning measured against the time required to achieve mastery.
Here is a graphical illustration i got from StackOverflow.
proficiency | __ | | | | Proficient in little time (steep = easy) | | |_/____________ time proficiency | | Proficient in lots of time (gentle = hard) | __ | / |__________/___ time
- StackOverflow – What’s a learning curve and why is steep not hard?
- Wikipedia – Learning curve
- dictionary.com – learning curve
- wordnik – learning curve