20 September 2011

One Last Look at the Absurdities

In the comments, Adam suggested that I do a log-log plot of the absurdity data, which was an excellent idea. It separates the mass of points involving the small books of the Bible and tames down the big ones.

Here's the result with some of the more interesting books identified.
(Red = New Testament, Black = Old Testament)

Thanks Adam!


Brian D said...

I know you said it's the last one, but if I had to make one small suggestion, it would be to color-code these by Old and New testaments. Gives an immediate visual representation of the claims made on old/new testament absurdity.

The size of the dots is another variable, but I can't think of any other piece of relevant information that's related to size and not already presented here.

Stephen said...

Personally, I don't know math from a hole in the ground. ;-)
But... what would these plots look like in polar coordinates?

Steve Weeks

Steve Wells said...

Good idea, Brian. I'll work on that one, too. I'll just replace the graph with a color-coded version.

Steve Wells said...

You don't need to know any math (or use polar coordinates) to use and understand these graphs, Stephen. Take the log-log plot of absurdities, for example. The points are plotted in a log scale, but the axes are labeled with the numbers themselves.

Look at the point labeled "Leviticus". From the graph you can see that it has 160 or so (158 actually) absurdities and about 900 verses (859 is the exact number). You can do that for any other point on the graph while getting a sense of the which books have an unusual number of absurdities for their size.

Does any of that make sense or do I have to do an arcsine transformation for you?

Stephen said...

Thanks, Steve,
I'm good with that. :-D
Steve Weeks