In other words… I like a lot of pop songwriters, but are those songwriters mostly in the bottom half of my list of artists? Is there any statistical significance to the distribution of categories across my personal preferences?
Before I go on, I must admit that, yes, I’m aware this level of analysis suggests I suffer from some as-yet-undiagnosed mental illness. But applying math and statistics to art has always been a fascination of mine, so please bear with me.
The first stat to jump out at me was this: 86% of my ‘Piano’ artists are in my top two tiers (57% in the top tier, 29% in the second). So, though I have relatively few piano artists among my favorites, I tend to like their work more than the rest.
Next, a full 86% of the artists in my top two tiers are ‘Melancholy,’ while fewer than half of the artists in the other three tears earned that label.
Looking to ‘Folk’ and ‘Pop,’ where I expected to see some differentiation, I was surprised at the continued consistency in those numbers. Both categories show up four times in the top tier and five in the second — an exact match.
My ‘Country Plus’ artists are spread about evenly across the tiers, while the ‘None’ category shows up entirely in the bottom two tiers (as I discussed earlier this week, the “oddball” artists that don’t fit into my genome are also the ones that appeal to me the least, comparatively speaking).
Tomorrow, I will look at specific combinations of categories and draw some conclusions about who shows up where.