Volume 119, Number 6, September 2017
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||11 December 2017|
On universal procrastination
Received: 9 June 2017
Accepted: 15 November 2017
This paper presents a general stochastic model for procrastination with respect to a deadline. The model establishes a universal procrastination pattern that follows an inverse power-law: if the time remaining to the deadline is r then the response is , where ϵ is a positive exponent. The model further establishes that the exponent value , which yields the harmonic response , stands out as special and distinguishable. The theoretical results of the model are shown to be in perfect accord with recent empirical findings.
PACS: 02.50.-r – Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics / 89.65.-s – Social and economic systems
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