June 14, 2001
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I know someone has posted an Amazon Purchase Circle before for Microsoft, but the one for NASA is hilarious. Introduction to Space Physics?
posted by jeb (6 comments total)
But if you look at the best-sellers link, you get a bunch of Harry Potter books. What's the other list made up of, if not best-sellers? Most-looked-at, maybe?
posted by endquote at 10:09 AM on June 14, 2001

"Books: Unique to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) " - Guess no one else programs Fortran =p
posted by nomisxid at 10:18 AM on June 14, 2001

Some of those are just silly. I don't think I want my ISP sitting around reading The Complete Baseball Record Book or a John le Carre novel (and the thing about Psychology the Sufi Way worries me too).
posted by gleuschk at 10:28 AM on June 14, 2001

Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere and Ocean was pretty good, but the ending sucked.
posted by owen at 11:28 AM on June 14, 2001

MSN.com's #1 is priceless...
posted by fooljay at 4:53 PM on June 14, 2001

endquote - I think the "Unique to X" means that those items were purchased by members of X with a frequency that was much greater than they were purchased by everyone else, but the actual number isn't significant.

For example, if Introduction to Space Physics was only purchased by three total amazon users, but two of them were from NASA, it would appear under NASA even though fifty copies were sold of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Maybe something like uniqueness of item to NASA = ( (purchases of item by NASA)/(purchases of any item by NASA) ) / ( (purchases of item by everyone) / (purchases of anything by everyone) ).
posted by jeb at 6:42 AM on June 15, 2001

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