By George Kingsley Zipf
2012 Reprint of 1949 version. specified facsimile of the unique variation, no longer reproduced with Optical acceptance software program. the main of least attempt is a vast conception that covers varied fields from evolutionary biology to web site layout. It postulates that animals, humans, even good designed machines will certainly decide upon the trail of least resistance or "effort". this is often might be most sensible identified or no less than documented between researchers within the box of library and data technology. Their precept states that a data looking patron will are likely to use the handiest seek approach, in the slightest degree exacting mode on hand. info looking habit stops once minimally applicable effects are discovered. This thought holds precise whatever the user's talent as a searcher, or their point of topic services. the primary of least attempt is comparable to the trail of least resistance. the main was once studied through linguist George Kingsley Zipf, writer of this vintage remedy of the topic. He theorized that the distribution of note use used to be a result of tendency to speak successfully with least attempt and this idea is named Zipf's legislation.