scientist, I decided to see how well my personal experience matches reality. How might one do this?
Well, here’s one idea.
Get a friend of yours to download, using Facebook, the ten most
frequent “favorite music” at every college via that college’s Network
Statistics page on Facebook (manually — as not to violate Facebook’s
ToS). These ten “favorite musics” are perhaps indicative of the overall
intellectual milieu of that college.
Download the average SAT/ACT score (from CollegeBoard) for students attending every college.
Presto! We have a correlation between musical tastes and dumbitude (smartitude too)!
Music <=> Colleges <=> Average SAT Scores
Plot the average SAT of each “favorite music”, discarding those with too few samples to have a reliable average.
Post the results on your website, pondering what the Internet will think of it.
Yes, I’m aware correlation ≠ causation. The results are hilarity incarnate regardless of causality. You can stop sending me email about this distinction. Thanks.
Average SAT (with standard error) for the 133 most popular entries for
“favorite music” on facebook. The vertical axis doesn’t mean anything. The Music
has details on the data plotted here. Curious how a particular
“favorite music” acquired its rating? See the musicdetails for that
entry, such as this one for Radiohead.
15. Designing Experiments
We move beyond observational studies — like one of marine life in the remote Line Islands — to designing experiments that manipulate various subject groups — as in the case of a medical study about osteoarthritis treatments. Go to this unit.
Wrap up Chapter 5.1 and get it scored
Assigned ?s 5.1-5.8, 5.9-5.13, 5.15-5.20
Keep working on Ch 5 Reading Guide
See How many you can do on the Ch 5 Crossword Puzzle
Suggested HW: Crosswords, Chapter 8 in text at home