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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:42 pm    Post subject: Statistics of Ranking of the 10 chronicles books Reply with quote

I had a few minutes to kill and was bored, so I ran the statistics from this thread:

http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=24534

Here are the statistics for each book, averaging the rankings of each person who responded (n = 23) where 1 is Best and 10 is Worst:

Book --- Average --- St Dev --- Highest Rank --- Lowest Rank

LFB --- 4.70 --- 2.22 --- 1 --- 9
TIW --- 3.04 --- 2.51 --- 1 --- 10
TPTP --- 3.39 --- 2.21 --- 1 --- 10
TWL --- 3.30 --- 2.18 --- 1 --- 9
TOT --- 4.65 --- 2.39 --- 1 --- 10
WGW --- 5.39 --- 1.44 --- 2 --- 9
ROTE --- 7.78 --- 1.65 --- 3 --- 10
FR --- 6.96 --- 1.80 --- 3 --- 10
AATE --- 7.30 --- 2.58 --- 1 --- 10
TLD --- 7.43 --- 2.63 --- 1 --- 10

Top Three: TIW, TWL, TPTP
Bottom Three: AATE, TLD, ROTE
Highest Variation (St Dev): TLD, AATE, TIW

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is this sort of quantitative analysis that makes me miss Matrixman...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, MM, where art thou?

Nice one Jay.

Interesting how the bottom 3 are all last chrons. And TIW and TWL are my own personal top 2. But out of the last chrons, AATE was the best for me.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The main reason I went about it was that I was curious if one of the Last Chronicles would crack the Top 6, but apparently not.

Poor Last Chronicles. I would almost feed bad for them, if they didn't suck so much. Wink

Of the Last Chronicles, FR appeared to bode the best.

And WGW was clearly the least favorite of the original six. Interesting.

And I thought for sure that TOT would have the highest variation in votes, as a love-it-or-hate-it book. But not the case. Of the original six, the TIW did, even though it was the clear overall winner. Apparently that's the book with the biggest swing of opinion.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kevinswatch wrote:
And WGW was clearly the least favorite of the original six. Interesting.

"Least Favorite" doesn't mean it's bad. It's just in a very tough division.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting findings, and thanks for doing the calculations.

I may have said something to this effect on another thread, but one of the difficulties I have with attempting to rank the books is that each, to a considerable extent, defines the possibilities for the ones that come after. For example, in general the earlier books do most to create the universe of the Chronicles, while the later ones are, relatively speaking, filling in details. To take another example, the denouement of WGW with Vain and Findail merging to become the Staff of Law was reasonably predictable after reading TOT (at least I predicted it).

I would agree with the general consensus that the first two trilogies were better than the last one, but I think SRD was on a hiding to nothing as we would have afflicted him with rue unending, unambergrised for all time, if he hadn't written the Last Chronicles.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FR might be my least favourite of the last chrons...at least the first 2/3rds of it.

As for WGW...I can never forget the shock I felt at its ending...god damn it... Laughing

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