What Book Are You Most Likely to Find In A ULTB Library?
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The most frequently owned books by members of the ULTB Group don't come as a shock: The Hobbit, The Odyssey, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. 58 out of 135 members of the ULTB group have a copy of The Hobbit. In fact, the other two groups I belong to that focus on obscure books, Too Obscure and Rare, Old, Offbeat both also have The Hobbit and the Odyssey as the two most common books, though Too Obscure follows with Harry Potter books (no way to keep your obscurity numbers low!) and Rare, Old, and Offbeat includes 1984 and The Great Gatsby before Pride and Prejudice.
I did a quick count and found that I have 65 of the top 100 books among ULTB members. Ours is a large library, so I'm not surprised at the total.
The more curious list is "Characteristic Works." The top five there are The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, King David's Spaceship, Heart of Midlothian, Book on the Bookshelf, and Why Shoot a Butler?. (I'll confess I didn't even know King David's Spaceship existed. These books tend to be in 10-20 libraries of ULTB members. I assume the characteristicness is calculated a bit like the weighted "members with your books.") I did a quick count there too and found that I have 27 of the 95 books listed as "characteristic works." I take that as an indicator that my library is fairly characteristic of ULTB libraries in general. Does that seem like a plausible interpretation to you?
Still mulling if your interpretation is a valid one, but it's surely plausible.
Interesting question. Thanks.