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ERIC Number: EJ848317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1069-1898
Paradoxes in Film Ratings
Moore, Thomas L.
Journal of Statistics Education, v14 n1 Mar 2006
The author selected a simple random sample of 100 movies from the "Movie and Video Guide" (1996), by Leonard Maltin. The author's intent was to obtain some basic information on the population of roughly 19,000 movies through a small sample. The "Movie and Video Guide" by Leonard Maltin is an annual ratings guide to movies. While not all films ever made are in Maltin's Guide, it does contain a very large number of movies covering the history of cinema. In this article, the author discusses a dataset collected from the 1996 edition, which contained ratings on about 19,000 films. In exploring the data, the author discovered that it exhibited two paradoxes about a three-variable relationship: (1) A non-transitivity paradox for positive correlation; and (2) Simpson's paradox. The author discusses these two paradoxes and provides examples of each paradox. (Contains 3 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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