A while back i promised to print some numbers on the watchtowers use of bible quotations -- but being a lazy bastard (and having a thesis to write) i have promised and put it on hold a number of times (having a virus infect the computer with the database in did not help either).
Anyway, these numbers try to address "selective quoting" of the bible in the watchtower. The dataset is composed of all watchtowers from the CD printed between 1950 and 2004, but just now i realized there is a (slight) problem in that when citing books with only one chapter, usually only the verse number is shown (eg. Jude 3 rather than Jude 1:3) which kind of messed with the script -- oops -- anyway i do not expect this to skew the results very much since the majority of verses in the bible are found in books with more than one chapter.
The first graph display the fraction of least-cited scriptures (x-axis) and what fraction of the total citations they compromise. For instance 20% of the bible are only cited 0.5% of the time, 50% of the bible are only cited 6.4% of the time and 90% of the bible are only cited 43% of the time.
Or said alternatively, for any random scripture in the WT, there is a 50% chance it will be amongst the 8% most often quoted scriptures. Slightly surpricing from a complex physics POW, the citations does not follow a power-law.
Notice that due to the single-chapter registration problem, the lowest fraction may be slightly skewed downward.
The next graph describe the (average) number of citations for any random verse in each of the books in the bible:
Apparently Matthew is more popular than Mark :-).
I dont really know how usefull this is, but at least i wont feel bad for not doing what i have promised to do anymore ;-).