|Sunday, October 19, 2003|
Ugly Pots Vs Beautiful Pots and Rossi's Therom (Sunday Fun)
Searches on Ebay find:
Ugly Pot 4 Items $.99 to $3.99
Beautiful Pot 297 Items $.50 to $212.50
Hmmm...the ratio of ugly to beautiful items (1:74) is similar to the ratio of highest prices (1:70)
Does this show that our interest in, and value of ugly and beautiful pots is similar? (Should that even be surprising?)
Is it just coincidence?
My Dad, who "fiddles with statistics", says this may not be merely a coincidence but may just fit into a similarly shaped normal distribution. This really wouldn't be telling you too much.
Of course, it is not enough data to draw any real conclusions anyway.
He goes on to note that the data could be further skewed. Rossi Therom states that the artist's experience could have an inverse relationship to the self-valuation of their work. (Pro's know the worth of their work, amatures often over-estimate the worth of their efforts.)