I hypothesize that until you get your 100,000 results, that authors like Chaucer and Shakespeare will rise to the top because they are the ones we've all read; they're going to get more total votes because more people will have read them.
Are you capturing the "losses" as well as the wins here? Can you tell the difference between "no one has read this book" and "this book is not as great"?
How do you control for this?
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Lease Morgan
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 11:29 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] how 'great' are the great books
On Nov 4, 2010, at 11:22 AM, McAulay, Elizabeth wrote:
> i had a lot of fun playing with this survey. is it an infinite survey, though -- no end to the questions?
Correct, it is an endless survey. 8-)
BTW, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare's Macbeth are now #1 and #2.