Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Average of Averages Update

Since we've reconstituted with eight of us (November 2012), we've hit up 12 different pizza joints. Without Melissa around, we have not been nearly as diligent about getting up posts (but Dan is spearheading the cause!). Hopefully you'll see something a bit more regular (famous last words...).

I picked up Jean Paul Paradiso's tonight and will get a post up soon. However, before we get to that, I wanted to at least put up a post showing the Average of Averages as a way to give folks an idea of what we like.  So check out the plot below (bonus points to you if you can pick out the color scheme). Note that the y-axis crossing is at 3 to help show the differences between the top and bottom pizza joints. As a reminder, this is an unweighted average of the following categories: Appearance, Aroma, Overall Taste, Crust, Cheese, Toppings, Sauce, Pepperoni/Sausage Pizza (Overall), Specialty Pizza (Overall), X-Factor, and Menu. Ratings are on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being the best.

M, Strong's Brick Oven, and Palomino are all what I'd term artisanal pizzas. So you can see that we clearly like that style. Jean Paul's Paradiso comes in tops right after the artisanal pizzas. It is also interesting to note that there does not seem to be any trend (i.e. we aren't getting easier or harder on the pizza joints).  For comparison, we'll follow the Average of Average's plot with the average across everyone's Overall Taste rating. Unsurprisingly, it tracks the Average of Averages well. Interestingly, the overall numbers are just a touch higher.

As a final set of data, below is the average X-Factor rating for each location. You can see that Jean Paul's did very well, mostly because of the free dessert pizza they gave us (without knowing we were rating the pizzas). What interests me the most about the plot below is the large spread in scores relative to the earlier plots.  There also does seem to be a trend toward higher x-factors. I wonder if that will continue...

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