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I am a graduate student in the sciences who enjoys reading and writing about ponies in my spare time.

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In my previous post, I used data from a 2015 Harris survey to examine how reader demographics vary across different genres of books.  From this data, I was able to group the genres into three rough clusters: Cluster 1 seems to consist of pleasure reading read predominantly by younger readers, cluster 2 consists of educational reading read predominantly by highly educated readers, and cluster 3 consists of books read more by older readers.  In this post, I’ll use a different analytical technique called principal component analysis to sort through the data and see if it yields any different conclusions.

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  • Mortal Twilight Sparkle's friends have lived long and happy lives. Now their time is coming to an end, but Rainbow Dash, at least, will not go gently. Twilight has the power to save her friend's life. Is it worth violating the natural order? by Benman 42,470 words · 11,128 views · 950 likes · 124 dislikes
  • Twilight Sparkle of the Royal Guard Twilight Sparkle is the newest member of Celestia's Royal Guard. Fresh out of the Military Academy, she's ready to prove herself, but will her first assignment be too much for her to handle? by King of Beggars 80,475 words · 15,068 views · 2,214 likes · 42 dislikes
  • Lost Time When Rainbow tries to change the course of the zap apple harvest to keep her date with Applejack, she finds that ancient magic loves an ironic twist. by bookplayer 59,897 words · 1,886 views · 270 likes · 20 dislikes
  • Biblical Monsters "Put your boots on," Adams said. "There's a biblical monster in my house." by Horse Voice 10,946 words · 14,311 views · 1,646 likes · 158 dislikes
  • The Arbitrage of Moments When you have so little, and another has so much, it’s easy to justify theft. The more precious the commodity, the easier it is to tell yourself you need it more than they do. And what is more precious than time? by GaPJaxie 12,168 words · 2,975 views · 341 likes · 10 dislikes

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  • E The Belonging Herd

    When a pony named Ruby Rails is replaced by a mysterious doppleganger, it's up to Twilight to uncover the truth!  · GaPJaxie
    5,018 words · 379 views  ·  64  ·  15
  • T The Serpent and the Apple

    This is a story about the kind of conversations you had when you first realized just how messed up you were, with someone who understood.  · MrNumbers
    7,404 words · 1,263 views  ·  234  ·  6
  • T By Process of Elimination

    Twilight tries to unlock the secrets of the Cutie Map. Fluttershy helps.  · Tumbleweed
    2,857 words · 1,162 views  ·  119  ·  1
  • T An Advanced Lesson in Friendship

    Waking up next to your best friend can make things a little complicated.  · AndrewRogue
    1,034 words · 797 views  ·  94  ·  2 · sex
  • T Six Ponies & One Corpse

    Sometimes there just aren't enough dead bodies to go around.  · Estee
    5,818 words · 4,167 views  ·  600  ·  15
  • E A Diamond and a Tether

    Of all the birthday presents Lucy expected, a pink talking pony was not one of them.  · PatchworkPoltergeist
    13,294 words · 2,095 views  ·  279  ·  2
  • T Mission of Mercy

    Fluttershy uses her unique perspective on friendship to help a very strange pony.  · Trick Question
    8,540 words · 437 views  ·  41  ·  3
  • E Funny...

    Twilight Sparkle finds something while searching her old bedroom closet.  · shortskirtsandexplosions
    4,726 words · 4,544 views  ·  656  ·  19
  • T Guards and Bolts

    Rainbow Dash meets Soarin's friends in the Royal Guard and finds that they have an awful lot in common.  · Raugos
    4,988 words · 823 views  ·  75  ·  7 · sex
  • E Sounds of Lunacy

    Luna wonders why no enemies attacked Equestria during her banishment. Celestia helpfully explains.  · The Engineer Pony
    1,315 words · 4,966 views  ·  813  ·  24
  • T Sunset Shimmer Lends Pinkie Pie the Wrong Thumb Drive

    And it contains exactly what you'd expect to find in the wrong thumb drive to lend someone.  · Sporktacles
    3,365 words · 10,912 views  ·  1,254  ·  32 · sex
  • E In Their Town

    Having accepted Twilight's offer of apprenticeship in the magic of friendship, Starlight Glimmer returns to the community she founded long ago, in her first attempt to make amends.  · milesprower06
    2,848 words · 2,492 views  ·  189  ·  4

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  • T The Serpent and the Apple

    This is a story about the kind of conversations you had when you first realized just how messed up you were, with someone who understood.  · MrNumbers
    7,404 words · 1,263 views  ·  234  ·  6
  • T Sex, Fillies and Crayon-made Drawings

    Applejack and Caramel worry that Apple Bloom saw them making love.  · gmen15
    3,426 words · 7,123 views  ·  323  ·  11 · sex
  • E New Bloom

    When Apple Bloom has trouble finding other interests to pursue, she seeks help and advice from Zecora.  · LiterarySerenity
    2,586 words · 324 views  ·  21  ·  0
  • T Applejack and the Garden of Eden

    As Apple Bloom escorts a drunken Applejack home, Applejack decides to tell her the story of how Equestria came into existence. What little of it she can remember, anyway.  · Oroboro
    3,898 words · 1,410 views  ·  109  ·  9
  • E An Apple Sutra

    Apple Bloom has a conversation with a llama.  · Sharp Spark
    7,233 words · 1,144 views  ·  176  ·  1
  • E A Guide to Magic

    Apple Bloom and Spike find out that opportunity isn't always easy when Apple Bloom is offered the chance to be the first non-unicorn to take the entrance exam at Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns.  · bookplayer
    9,411 words · 4,578 views  ·  819  ·  12
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#24 · 1w, 19h ago · · ·

>>2429848

You're very welcome. I'm glad you like her. Present Perfect deserves most of the credit for coming up with the idea and organizing the effort.

#23 · 1w, 1d ago · · ·

Well, look what just came in the mail!

I saw your name on the list, and popped over to personally thank you.  It's a beautiful plushie, and I hope that knowing you were part of making my day/week/month/forever puts a smile on your face even a fraction as large as the one on mine.

#22 · 33w, 4d ago · · ·

Thank you for the follow:yay:

#21 · 54w, 1d ago · · ·

Thanx for the favourite on My Father Used to Say. Greatly appreciated :twilightsmile:

#20 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

Thank you for faving "The Reality I Choose." I'm glad you enjoyed it! :pinkiesmile:

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