Great television

David Petro’s latest edisode of Ontario Math Links took me on a long and winding path. He tags this one article for use with MDM4U.

From the Flowing Data website, the article is titles How the Longest Running Shows Rated Over Episodes. Now, if you look at it from a mathematical perspective, it is quite interesting and opens many ideas about the process that it took to get the data and then decide how to make it present in a meaningful way.

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From a television fan perspective, there’s one show that I found noticeably missing. It was one of our alltime favourites and I would have thought that it would have shown up – M*A*S*H. Maybe it just missed the cut.

There were some great memories as I looked through the data presentation. There were also some that had me going “Whaaaa????”.

When you try to make sense of the data, it’s easy to see that nightly shows would have a legitimate claim to their position.

It was interesting to read and try to understand the author’s interpretation for the data and where he got the inspiration for a project of this type. I’m quite impressed with his use of the IMDB as a source for authentic data. As I look through the details for M*A*S*H, I could see all kinds of other data that would make for interesting problems to solve.

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