# R Dataset / Package HistData / Jevons

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On this R-data statistics page, you will find information about the Jevons data set which pertains to W. Stanley Jevons' data on numerical discrimination. The Jevons data set is found in the HistData R package. You can load the Jevons data set in R by issuing the following command at the console data("Jevons"). This will load the data into a variable called Jevons. If R says the Jevons data set is not found, you can try installing the package by issuing this command install.packages("HistData") and then attempt to reload the data. If you need to download R, you can go to the R project website. You can download a CSV (comma separated values) version of the Jevons R data set. The size of this file is about 542 bytes. ## W. Stanley Jevons' data on numerical discrimination## DescriptionIn a remarkable brief note in He carried out 1027 trials in which he tossed an "uncertain number" of uniform black beans into a box and immediately attempted to estimate the number "without the least hesitation". His questions, procedure and analysis anticipated by 75 years one of the most influential papers in modern cognitive psychology by George Miller (1956), "The magical number 7 plus or minus 2: Some limits on ..." For Jevons, the magical number was 4.5, representing an empirical law of complete accuracy. ## Usagedata(Jevons) ## FormatA frequency data frame with 50 observations on the following 4 variables. `actual` -
Actual number: a numeric vector `estimated` -
Estimated number: a numeric vector `frequency` -
Frequency of this combination of (actual, estimated): a numeric vector `error` -
`actual` -`estimated` : a numeric vector
## DetailsThe original data were presented in a two-way, 13 x 13 frequency table, ## SourceJevons, W. S. (1871). The Power of Numerical Discrimination, ## ReferencesMiller, G. A. (1956). The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information, ## Examplesdata(Jevons) # show as tables xtabs(frequency ~ estimated+actual, data=Jevons) xtabs(frequency ~ error+actual, data=Jevons)# show as sunflowerplot with regression line with(Jevons, sunflowerplot(actual, estimated, frequency, main="Jevons data on numerical estimation")) Jmod <-lm(estimated ~ actual, data=Jevons, weights=frequency) abline(Jmod)# show as balloonplots if (require(gplots)) {with(Jevons, balloonplot(actual, estimated, frequency, xlab="actual", ylab="estimated", main="Jevons data on numerical estimation\nBubble area proportional to frequency", text.size=0.8))with(Jevons, balloonplot(actual, error, frequency, xlab="actual", ylab="error", main="Jevons data on numerical estimation: Errors\nBubble area proportional to frequency", text.size=0.8)) }# plot average error if(require(reshape)) { unJevons <- untable(Jevons, Jevons$frequency) str(unJevons)require(plyr) mean_error <- function(df) mean(df$error, na.rm=TRUE) Jmean <- ddply(unJevons, .(actual), mean_error) with(Jmean, plot(actual, V1, ylab='Mean error', xlab='Actual number', type='b', main='Jevons data')) abline(h=0) } -- Dataset imported from https://www.r-project.org. |

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dataset-16016.csv | 542 bytes |