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What makes kids popular

B-Course provides a public domain data sets called Popular Kids so that one can try out B-Course without own data. Below you can find some details of the example data set.

Some information about the study

Subjects were 478 students in grades 4-6 from three school districts in Ingham and Clinton Counties, Michigan. Researchers stratified their sample, selecting students from urban, suburban, and rural school districts with approximately 1/3 of their sample coming from each district. Students indicated whether good grades, athletic ability, or popularity was most important to them. They also ranked four factors: grades, sports, looks, and money, in order of their importance for popularity. The questionnaire also asked for gender, grade level, and other demographic information.

The question the students was asked was:

Which of the following would make you popular among your friends? Rank in order.

A  Making good grades.
B  Having lots of money.
C  Being good at sports.
D  Being handsome or pretty.


The data consists of the following eleven variables:

1. Gender: Boy or girl
2. Grade: 4, 5 or 6
3. Age: Age in years
4. Race: White, Other
5. Urban/Rural: Rural, Suburban, or Urban school district
6. School: Brentwood Elementary, Brentwood Middle, Ridge, Sand, Eureka, Brown, Main, Portage, Westdale Middle
7. Goals: Student's choice in the personal goals question where options were 1 = Make Good Grades, 2 = Be Popular, 3 = Be Good in Sports
8. Grades: Rank of "make good grades" (1=most important for popularity, 4=least important)
9. Sports: Rank of "being good at sports" (1=most important for popularity, 4=least important)
10. Looks: Rank of "being handsome or pretty" (1=most important for popularity, 4=least important)
11. Money: Rank of "having lots of money" (1=most important for popularity, 4=least important)

Chase, M. A., and Dummer, G. M. (1992), "The Role of Sports as a Social Determinant for Children," Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 63, 418-424


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