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Are Modern Musicians Lazy: A Comparison between the Lengths of Modern and Classical Music

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Are Modern Musicians Lazy: A Comparison between the Lengths of Modern and Classical Music Hypothesis In this project I will endeavour to find out if "Classical" Music really is longer than "Modern" music. I have always enjoyed listening to music and have quite a broad taste in music. There has been a disturbing trend recently in music for songs to be quite short. Some bands appear to write songs which last no more than 2 minutes, which is hardly even value for money (considering you pay about £14 for a CD that sometimes lasts for a mere 25 minutes). Therefore, for this project I have decided to see whether Classical Music really is longer than Modern Music, and hence, is probably better value for money. However, when phrased as it is above, the project will be far too broad for me to investigate properly, so I will have to set limits to define exactly what I am investigating. By modern music I mean all music from the past 18 years, so any music released since the year I was born up until today. This will include as wide a range of different styles as I can get my hands on, so everything from "Duran Duran" to "System of a Down" will be included. ...read more.

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This will result the in the calculator displaying a number between 0 and 2000 (if the parent population is 2000). I have used that number as the track number to sample. The program then loops back and displays a different track number to choose and this repeats ad infinitum. The number it generates, however, is to a few decimal places, so I rounded the number to the nearest integer when choosing my samples. Here is a sample of results from the calculator program (where 2000 was specified as the parent population): 15.375 679.8 103.667 1729.911 1825.441 9.873 394.602 1592.719 711.828 110.158 2.861 50.193 234.123 592.098 399.912 Why this method produces perfectly randomly numbers between 1 and 2000 When the Ran# function of a calculator is inputted, the calculator returns a randomly generated decimal number between 1 and 0 (0<x<1) which is 9 digits long. When this number is multiplied by 2000, it can be seen that a number between 0 and 2000 will be generated. If, for example, a random number of 0.00598375 is generated, then 11.9675 is returned by the calculator. This I will round up to 12, and hence I will choose the 12th track from my list. Sample Size For this project to be a success, my samples have to be randomly chosen, but they also have to be of a suitable size for my sample population. ...read more.

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741 502 657 599 558 700 615 598 530 602 554 504 681 756 517 742 488 686 603 718 552 523 398 518 526 479 690 359 436 725 612 624 384 353 663 575 657 653 523 587 477 417 827 413 661 528 509 758 696 484 608 610 632 629 466 636 478 652 808 512 485 729 686 361 569 520 742 678 536 464 627 Modern Music Track Length (in seconds) 359 196 262 225 296 412 344 366 308 226 356 248 321 164 248 173 201 232 347 279 174 110 279 207 274 221 269 347 248 245 256 262 227 323 292 340 252 171 306 232 341 203 354 356 271 358 403 204 210 257 428 401 309 397 304 100 309 289 440 329 372 389 291 239 251 192 282 206 306 167 290 317 335 247 273 369 251 170 345 226 269 266 187 221 365 470 201 392 361 200 232 208 268 309 253 316 312 323 442 250 Analysis of Data Classical Music = ?x n ?=59405/100 = 594.05s Sample variance: s2 = ?(x-)2 N = 11863.12 As an estimation of the population variance I will apply the correction factor appropriate for the use of the Central Limit Theorem. Hence: Population Variance, ?2= (n/(n-1))s2 ??=(100/99)*11863.12 =11982.9494949494 =11982.95 Modern Music =282.24sec s2=5605.558 ?2=5662.179797979797 =5662.18 ...read more.

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