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"Quadratic" Ability Formulas  (Read 118 times)
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  • [April 20, 2017, 10:25:58 PM]
"Quadratic" Ability Formulas
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:25:58 PM »
I understand that most people here didn't take higher levels of math in high school, but it is really embarrassing to have seen this mistake become such a huge phenomenon.
I don't know who is the first person to have ever said that fist/truth/untruth/tiamat formulas were "quadratic" on GameFaqs, but because of this idiot, now just too many people use the word erroneously.

It doesn't take long to see how wrong it is to use the term quadratic in this case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadratic_formula
Just look at the charts; quadratic formulas increase, decrease and increase again or decrease, increase and decrease again. I've done this shit in high school.

FFT formulas are one way: they're exponential.

Just figure I'd toss that out there as someone who paid attention to "advanced" math classes in high school and graduated. :)

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    • [April 21, 2017, 02:55:12 AM]
    Re: "Quadratic" Ability Formulas
    « Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 02:55:12 AM »
     Finally! I thought I was going crazy!
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    • [April 21, 2017, 04:49:00 AM]
    Re: "Quadratic" Ability Formulas
    « Reply #2 on: April 21, 2017, 04:49:00 AM »
    We live in an age of misinformation and alternative facts.

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    • [April 21, 2017, 06:24:42 PM]
    Re: "Quadratic" Ability Formulas
    « Reply #3 on: April 21, 2017, 06:24:42 PM »
    Eh? Those formulas are indeed quadratic.

    A quadratic expression is a polynomial involving a squared term (and no higher exponent). That's actually a correct way to describe these formulas, since they do include an X squared term if you multiply them out. Using Truth as an example, each graph would be a parabola (and bottom out at MA=0) if you graphed the formulas out on, say, a graphing calculator (where MA would be the X-axis and would span negative to positive MA), but since you can't have negative MA, we don't normally worry about the negative MA part of the graph. Nonetheless, those formulas are quadratic (and not exponential - exponential means the exponent itself is the variable; something like 2^MA, which would start slow but grow to insane levels extremely fast).
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