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Thursday, July 14th 2016


Results of the Golden Ratio Experiment

  • STATE OF EXISTENCE: Exhausted ...

Thanks to everyone who gave me input on the Golden Ratio test. Here is a table of the results as of 11 pm tonight. Voting is now closed. 

golden ratio results

What does this mean? Not a whole lot. This was anything but a scientific survey.

  • The responders were self-selected;
  • The sample was small;
  • I had no control over what you actually saw on your screen, i.e. distortions.
  • I have no statistical formulas to evaluate whether the data would be meaningful even if I had used proper methods.
  • Theoretically, I should have given you two choices: first and second. As it turned out, it wasn't necessary since it was a neck-on-neck race between #s 3 and 4.  But imagine a scenario in which the votes for first place were scattered pretty much evenly across the possibilities, but #4 was the pretty much the unanimous choice for second place. We could then flirt with the idea that #4 must be truly special. 
  • There's a problem with precision since you cannot get fractions for pixels, at least to the best of my knowledge.

Nevertheless. taking it for what it is, we do see that, among those who took the trouble to respond, there wasn't any mysterious attraction to the in the golden ratio.  Given these reflections, and, if this quiz has any validity at all, we see that we like the proportion in the range of 1.6, but beyond that , it would be really hasty to draw any further conclusion. 

"Can you handle the truth?" as somebody said to somebody else in some movie, whose title I forgot. Of the pictures in the chart, the one that is closest to the golden ratio is number 4. The distinctions have to be quite precise since that's what phi is all about. I must confess that if I had been asked which format I considered most attractive, I probably would have selected no. 3.  

Also, on a different note, Thanks to everyone who took part in my StreetJelly show tonight. I never take anyone's attendance for granted, and I appreciate you presence.  And thanks for the tokens or pins that you send my way   Good night everyone!

2 Comment(s).

Posted by jimm wetherbee:

One last consideration. Where the pictures were placed could affect how we perceive their proportions.
Friday, July 15th 2016 @ 8:55

Posted by Winfried Corduan:

Right! Also the manner in which they are presented. I've read that you get much better results if you present various pairs of pictures and let the subject choose one of the two for a series that includes all variations, maybe even repeats some. This was just more for fun than anything, and it accomplished that subjective goal, even if it does not contribute to the growth of the "Wissenschaft.":)
Friday, July 15th 2016 @ 20:32

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