[R] modelling open source software

(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk
Sat Sep 20 10:37:02 CEST 2003

On 20-Sep-03 TyagiAnupam at aol.com wrote:
> The following paper may be of interest to some. The author is generous
> about sharing a recently revised version.
> <A
> HREF="http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=259648">http://
> papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=259648</A>

Thanks for this pointer,


An interesting paper, though I don't feel at home in the economic
territory that Jennifer Kuan inhabits, and I'm not at all sure about
her statistics. However, I have noticed a tiny and possibly significant

In the equations she uses indicators "H" and "L" to denote "high types"
and "low types" of "consumers" of closed source and open source software
(and according to her, "high" closed-source consumers are rich, while
"high" open-source consumers are competent).

In her economic model for the closed-source market, the "H" and "L" are
subscripts. In the model for open-source, they are superscripts. Is this
a subtly encoded signal of where she stands?

Best wishes to all,

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Date: 20-Sep-03                                       Time: 09:37:02
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