Off-topic: Magic Number 7 (WAS: Re: XML Editors - Word 2000?? )

Kay Michael Michael.Kay at
Fri Jul 2 16:35:08 BST 1999

> >Incidentally, where does the magic number 7 come from?

Complexity Reference: compref238 (BibTex) 
Authors: Miller,GA
Year: 1956

Title: The magical number seven, plus or minus two: Some limits on our
capacity for processing information

Journal: Psychological Review, 63, 81-97

Comments: Original study of the limits of human short term memory.
Introduces the concept of "chunking".

Mike Kay

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