So I finally got done with my rankings...i still might add more factors, but here are the methods and results.I gathered data from the top 30 USNWR ranking (i didn't want to do them all, so i used this as an arbitrary cutoff) on 19 different categories, including:GPA MedianLSAT MedianTuitionCost of LivingIn-state tuition differenceBar passage rates (percent above the state's average)Student to faculty ratioAverage 1L Class sizePercentage of grads in clerkshipsCiolli national TQSCiolli Reigion TQS (for the region the school is in)racial diversitygender diversityclinic spots (ratio of spots to students)law journal spots (ratio of spots to students)transfer ratios (in:out)Number of OCI firms (ratio of firms to students)Ratio of library seats to studentsFor factors where lower was better I subtracted them from a constant. I then converted each schools score in each category to a z-score (in other words, i standardized them). So, all the factors have equal weight. Then I added all the z-scores togetherand...here are the results1 Yale 22.136126212 Stanford 13.955667763 Harvard 11.014491654 Chicago 5.1141849945 Duke 5.0173867126 Northwestern 4.350054157 Columbia 4.0838023648 NYU 3.9555220479 Berkeley 3.95406432710 Penn 3.91842030911 UCLA 2.97605926412 Michigan 2.76326183113 Cornell 2.72211110714 Virginia 1.53226030515 Washington & Lee 1.03560273516 U. Washington -0.75498274117 Boston U -2.54406733918 Iowa -2.7729620219 Minnesota -2.83767697620 Texas -2.91553991821 Georgetown -4.17074364122 Illinois (UC) -4.89892930323 USC -5.9306189224 Boston C -6.49996186725 Emory -6.91382732826 Vanderbilt -7.45152463127 Notre Dame -7.65016474528 WUSTL -10.7956110229 GW -11.157072530 Fordham -11.23533282feel free to discuss these or suggest any improvements

Quote from: amped on February 02, 2008, 06:28:25 PMSo I finally got done with my rankings...i still might add more factors, but here are the methods and results.I gathered data from the top 30 USNWR ranking (i didn't want to do them all, so i used this as an arbitrary cutoff) on 19 different categories, including:GPA MedianLSAT MedianTuitionCost of LivingIn-state tuition differenceBar passage rates (percent above the state's average)Student to faculty ratioAverage 1L Class sizePercentage of grads in clerkshipsCiolli national TQSCiolli Reigion TQS (for the region the school is in)racial diversitygender diversityclinic spots (ratio of spots to students)law journal spots (ratio of spots to students)transfer ratios (in:out)Number of OCI firms (ratio of firms to students)Ratio of library seats to studentsFor factors where lower was better I subtracted them from a constant. I then converted each schools score in each category to a z-score (in other words, i standardized them). So, all the factors have equal weight. Then I added all the z-scores togetherand...here are the results1 Yale 22.136126212 Stanford 13.955667763 Harvard 11.014491654 Chicago 5.1141849945 Duke 5.0173867126 Northwestern 4.350054157 Columbia 4.0838023648 NYU 3.9555220479 Berkeley 3.95406432710 Penn 3.91842030911 UCLA 2.97605926412 Michigan 2.76326183113 Cornell 2.72211110714 Virginia 1.53226030515 Washington & Lee 1.03560273516 U. Washington -0.75498274117 Boston U -2.54406733918 Iowa -2.7729620219 Minnesota -2.83767697620 Texas -2.91553991821 Georgetown -4.17074364122 Illinois (UC) -4.89892930323 USC -5.9306189224 Boston C -6.49996186725 Emory -6.91382732826 Vanderbilt -7.45152463127 Notre Dame -7.65016474528 WUSTL -10.7956110229 GW -11.157072530 Fordham -11.23533282feel free to discuss these or suggest any improvementsThere are two major problems I see with these rankings.First, how could all of these factors have equal weight? Why would LSAT median get the same weight as tuition? The stated tuition number is not uniform. At the top schools, 40-60% of the class gets a discount on tuition. Are you inplying that the median LSAT is flexible like tuition?Second, why would average 1L class size and in-state tuition difference matter?These imputs would reward a smaller law school which had the same student to faculty ratio as a larger law school. I don't see how class size would matter if faculty ratio was the same. Furthermore, the in-state tuition difference can only apply to public schools. How could this factor exist when private schools are being considered alongside public ones?

To the OP:So, does this ranking follow a chi-squared distribution? If you squared your normals, I'm pretty sure it would. Also, I think you may have a problem with stochastic terms, because certain terms have a correlation with each other. For instance, Tuition, and In-State tuition difference....or Ratio of Students to Faculty, and Tuition.

Quote from: hawvaad2008 on February 04, 2008, 08:11:14 PMTo the OP:So, does this ranking follow a chi-squared distribution? If you squared your normals, I'm pretty sure it would. Also, I think you may have a problem with stochastic terms, because certain terms have a correlation with each other. For instance, Tuition, and In-State tuition difference....or Ratio of Students to Faculty, and Tuition. Nerd Fight!

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