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I'm wondering if anyone has performed any statistics on correlation between highest-voted answers (regardless of time of post) and poster's current reputation.

Specifically, I'd like to somehow answer the question: Can statistics back up my gut feeling that high-rep users were "good" even without much "practice"?

Or, put another way, is reputation not only a good way of measuring the time and effort put into answering, but also one's "true skill" in the area in general?

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Sounds like an interesting correlation to research. I'm looking for pointers to the SO API for a similar query. –  LarsH May 5 '11 at 15:00
    
If you get something like this written, e.g. using stackapps.com/questions/198/…, please post it. I'd like to use it as a template for checking other correlations. –  LarsH May 12 '11 at 15:11
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