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Over the years, @WedgeDawg and @LizzyM have made great resources for helping to calculate an individual candidate's likelihood of acceptance based of their stats. As the GOP would (now) say, "they're fantastic."

But I am trying to address a different question. I want to find out (ignoring stats because I'm assuming candidate X stats are the average for a matriculant at whatever school she applies to) which schools give you the biggest bang for your buck in the application process.

I've already calculated the OOS favorability factor or FF (i.e. a number showing how willing schools are to take OOS candidates from the pool of all applicants, IS & OOS) for 2015-16. After requesting the data in excel format from the AAMC, I calculated this value using Amherst's formula (FF = % OOS matriculants / % OOS applicants).

That's only half the battle. Do any of you number geniuses know how I could also factor in the number of applicants and the number of available seats at each school into the formula? For example, George Washington is very friendly to OOS students (FF = .95), but they received about 15,600 applications for 179 seats. Pardon my slang, but I ain't applying to GW. How do I combine these 3 numbers?

Ideas?

But I am trying to address a different question. I want to find out (ignoring stats because I'm assuming candidate X stats are the average for a matriculant at whatever school she applies to) which schools give you the biggest bang for your buck in the application process.

I've already calculated the OOS favorability factor or FF (i.e. a number showing how willing schools are to take OOS candidates from the pool of all applicants, IS & OOS) for 2015-16. After requesting the data in excel format from the AAMC, I calculated this value using Amherst's formula (FF = % OOS matriculants / % OOS applicants).

That's only half the battle. Do any of you number geniuses know how I could also factor in the number of applicants and the number of available seats at each school into the formula? For example, George Washington is very friendly to OOS students (FF = .95), but they received about 15,600 applications for 179 seats. Pardon my slang, but I ain't applying to GW. How do I combine these 3 numbers?

Ideas?

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