Best songs ever?

This activity is based on the idea of finding the best songs ever. Clearly personal choice will vary, but this resource is aimed at finding what agreement there is between individual choices. Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient is used to measure the agreement between individual choices.

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Summary

This activity is based on the idea of finding the best songs ever. Clearly personal choice will vary, but this resource is aimed at finding what agreement there is between individual choices. Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient is used to measure the agreement between individual choices.

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Mathematical strand

Statistics

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Prior knowledge

Prior knowledge of Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient and of the concept of correlation would be helpful.

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

•AQA

•C&G

•Eduqas

•Pearson / Edexcel

•OCR

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Suggested approaches

The context of finding the best songs ever is for most people an interesting starting point for the use of Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient. There are good opportunities for collaborative group work and for whole-class discussion around this topic.

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Resources/documentation

In addition to this overview there are:

  • Teacher notes
  • PowerPoint

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Relevant digital technologies

There is no need for digital technologies here apart from using YouTube to hear songs that have been chosen.

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Possible extensions

Extensions abound but the obvious one would be to explore how the choice of songs is related to age and gender. This would also bring in higher level statistics, appropriate for Core Maths.

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Acknowledgement

This is a resource developed for Core Maths by Tom Rainbow (Ivybridge School).