So let's take a step back, for the uninitiated. Scent of The Year (abbreviated to SoTY) is a yearlong exercise, reading the daily Scent of The Day threads on the forums and compiling all that data to one central spreadsheet, and seeing what conclusions there are to be drawn from it. You'll be receiving regular updates for every week (SoTW), month (SoTM), quarter (SoTQ), half-year (SoTHY) and finally the big SoTY rundown, which will happen right around February 1st, 2011, to coincide with my other project, the lead-in to Basenotes March Madness.
Why, one could conceivably ask, would someone take on the tedious, dull, boring and exceptionally un-fun work of reading other people's fragrance selections and type them into a book with other people's fragrance selections? I've got two reasons, the first being I get restless without a good long-term project to work at, and the second being that I do get a lot of enjoyment out of playing with data, and seeing what can be really gathered from it.
I harbor no such illusions, however, that you enjoy statistics quite to the level that I do, so I'll try to keep it interesting, entertaining even, but hopefully informative as well. If I start drifting off-course, please send me an email, PM, tweet or comment and let me know, or take me by the shoulders and gently steer me back in the right direction.
To work, then! The first step when you start collecting data is, obviously, determining exactly what you want to collect; the fragrances themselves, of course, but what else? Being able to look up the fragrance house independent of any particular fragrance sounds smart, so that was added. I hit a bit of a wall at that point, as that was pretty much all that was being tracked when the experiment was done from 2008-2009, along with gender. I chose to also track the Basenoters themselves, and added fields for username and gender. Lastly, and another common sense one that I initially forgot, was the date! It does help to know when these are being entered in when you're on a weekly schedule.
Once the dataset was decided on, the reporting had to be figured out; that is, how I want the condensed and summarized table of information to be displayed for maximum information. Right now I have three tables, measuring the most worn fragrance, the most worn house, and the most posts by username. All three can be filtered by date, gender, or both. Every combination there can give good info, and it's with that set of tables that I'm using for now.
In what may be a bold predictor for the foreseeable future's totals, Guerlain as a house had more than double the wears (110) of the next closest house in Chanel (47). In fact, Guerlain's entries in the Top 10 frags alone outnumber any other house's total wears all week long. Serge Lutens and Creed tied for third with 35 wears, Yves Saint Laurent was one behind with 34, followed by Christian Dior with 32, L'Artisan Parfumeur with 26, Hermes with 25, Caron with 24, and Tom Ford rounding out the field with 20. Obviously there's a big difference between the most worn houses and those trailing slightly.
Looking at men's houses, we discover that of Guerlain's monster 110 wears, a full 80 of them (72.7%) were by men, but men do account for 67.7% of the total wears recorded this week. This does mean Guerlain is favored slightly more by men than women this time of year. Creed was the next closest, with 30 wears, perhaps a more interesting number than Guerlain's. Creed's overall third place performance this week came with the help of only 5 wears on the women's side of things, 5 of the 35 total. Below Creed in men's is a tie between Christian Dior and YSL with 27 wears apiece, then Chanel with 21, Amouage and Hermes both with 17, Tom Ford with 15, Caron with 14, and a two-way tie for the last spot with Montale and Serge Lutens both earning 12 wears.
The women's house standings were quite interesting, and featured a few new faces. Guerlain's 30 wears by the ladies were enough to make it the most-worn house this week, trailed closely by Chanel with 26 wears and Serge Lutens with 23. Things trail off rapidly after that, with L' Artisan at 14 wears, Caron with 10, Hermes with 8, YSL, Keiko Mecheri, and Frederic Malle all with 7, and Bond No. 9 wrapping up the top 10 with 6 wears. The women's field is much more diverse than statistically expected, men recorded wears in 202 separate houses and women in 120, with 248 total (There were 46 houses worn exclusively by one gender or the other).
Finally, mikeperez23 (14 wears), Inselaffe (13 wears), and kbe (12 wears) go above and beyond the nose of duty on the men's side, with Baldufita (11 wears) being the busiest sniffer on the ladies' side.
That's it for this week, see you next Monday for new numbers and new insight as we give this fledgling SoTY project some legs. Until next time, post those SoTDs every day!
1029 wears recorded.
9 fragrances tied with 5.[/TD]
11 fragrances tied with 3.[/TD]
Mens + Women's:
6 fragrances tied with 6.
3 houses tied with 12.[/TD]
[TD]Most Prolific Male Posters:
8 Users Tied with 7.[/TD]
[TD]Most Prolific Female Posters:
15 Users Tied with 5.[/TD]
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