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Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Force42 » Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:33 pm UTC

I'm taking a probability and statistics course, and I need to collect data to analyze.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEV4c1VvVVFFWVpkb2pqWGlCbXEyWVE6MA

I'll post the results once the project is complete.

Thank you to anyone who takes the survey.
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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby CueBall » Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:34 pm UTC

Why the hell not. Done.
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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Ocean » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:05 pm UTC

I filled it in too. Is there a way we can see the results as well, by the way? I'm kinda curious as to what the results will be =)

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Force42 » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:12 pm UTC

I'll post the results once the project is complete. Right now, I only have about 20 responses, so it isn't very interesting.

I've edited the survey so you can see the summary of responses after you have completed it. Anyone who is curious an has already taken the survey is more than welcome to take it again to see the responses.

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Osha » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:27 pm UTC

Force42 wrote:I'll post the results once the project is complete. Right now, I only have about 20 responses, so it isn't very interesting.

I've edited the survey so you can see the summary of responses after you have completed it. Anyone who is curious an has already taken the survey is more than welcome to take it again to see the responses.
That won't mess up your data?

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby CueBall » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:33 pm UTC

Also, some answers don't fit in the spaces...
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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Zohar » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:41 pm UTC

I think it would be better (if it's possible) to ask a random question each time. My first answer might influence the second and the third one, for example.
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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Ocean » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:44 pm UTC

Osha wrote:
Force42 wrote:Stuff
That won't mess up your data?

You can't trace how many times someone filled in the survey, as far as I can see (which is a bad thing). It's probably better to not do the survey twice, though.

Still, it's the internet, there'll always be people doing the surveys more than a few times, and as such the data won't be all too reliable until there's a sufficient amount of entries. I guess it doesn't matter all that much, either way... he just needs numbers =)

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Force42 » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:53 pm UTC

Osha wrote:
Force42 wrote:I'll post the results once the project is complete. Right now, I only have about 20 responses, so it isn't very interesting.

I've edited the survey so you can see the summary of responses after you have completed it. Anyone who is curious an has already taken the survey is more than welcome to take it again to see the responses.
That won't mess up your data?


If you were asked on two different occasions to think of three random numbers, would you always choose the same three? I guess it's not good practice, but for the data we want, it really won't hurt.

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Force42 » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:56 pm UTC

Ocean wrote:
Osha wrote:
Force42 wrote:Stuff
That won't mess up your data?

You can't trace how many times someone filled in the survey, as far as I can see (which is a bad thing). It's probably better to not do the survey twice, though.

Still, it's the internet, there'll always be people doing the surveys more than a few times, and as such the data won't be all too reliable until there's a sufficient amount of entries. I guess it doesn't matter all that much, either way... he just needs numbers =)


Just out of curiosity, why do you assume that I am male?

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Ocean » Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:01 pm UTC

Force42 wrote:Just out of curiosity, why do you assume that I am male?

Umm... :oops: I've no idea, actually. I guess I should use the username next time, now that I think about it it's actually quite stupid to just assume such thing, even though it might not seem all that big a thing. Sorry! =)

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Force42 » Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:13 pm UTC

Ocean wrote:
Force42 wrote:Just out of curiosity, why do you assume that I am male?

Umm... :oops: I've no idea, actually. I guess I should use the username next time, now that I think about it it's actually quite stupid to just assume such thing, even though it might not seem all that big a thing. Sorry! =)


I'm not offended; just curious.

I should point out that I never said that I was not male.

For the record, I am female.

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby KrazyerKate » Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:43 pm UTC

I've got a thread over at Forum Games that might help you gather data faster: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=44323


Force42 wrote:Just out of curiosity, why do you assume that I am male?

"He" is usually just the most convenient gender-neutral pronoun. "They" can be grammatically awkward, "Zie" isn't really commonly understood, and "(s)he", "he/she", and "s/he" is kinda hard to type.
Also, it's general internet custom, whether fair or not, to assume male until proven otherwise.

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Bobber » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:37 pm UTC

Some people have failed horribly, e.g. posting under 1 for 1-100 and posting over 1000 for 1-1000.
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Postby Teapot » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:16 am UTC

KrazyerKate wrote:"He" is usually just the most convenient gender-neutral pronoun. "They" can be grammatically awkward, "Zie" isn't really commonly understood, and "(s)he", "he/she", and "s/he" is kinda difficult to type.
"He" is not a gender neutral pronoun.

I took part in the survey.
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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Vieto » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:32 am UTC

noooooo! I wasn't the first person to use Pi! or even the most precise person!

edit: also, who put in 8000? 8000 > 1000.

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Postby Force42 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 2:15 am UTC

Vieto wrote:noooooo! I wasn't the first person to use Pi! or even the most precise person!

edit: also, who put in 8000? 8000 > 1000.


There have been some pretty strange answers, including one negative number on the 1-10 prompt and one 'infinity' on the 1-1000 prompt in the version I sent to my classmates.

My gut reaction is that anonymity breeds assholery.

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Postby fyrenwater » Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:08 am UTC

I did it, but I'm not afraid to say I'm completely lost as to what this data is going to be used for. Extreme Bingo?
...It made more sense in my head.

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Force42 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:19 am UTC

fyrenwater wrote:I did it, but I'm not afraid to say I'm completely lost as to what this data is going to be used for. Extreme Bingo?


It's for a very open-ended probability and statistics project. The assignment is simply to state a thesis and use statistics to either confirm or reject the hypothesis. My thesis was that humans are lousy random number generators and will tend to pick certain numbers more often than would probabilistically be expected.

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Zohar » Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:52 am UTC

You could ask people to input a random list of 0's and 1's and check (or head and tails or whatever) and check how random they are.
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Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:12 pm UTC

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Levi » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:26 am UTC

Is there any way to change it so that only entries of the values specified are allowed?

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Esperite » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:59 am UTC

I just did the survey, and it was shorter than I expected! Also, yay for a 'do not specify' gender option =).
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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Senefen » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:05 am UTC

lol at all the people putting pi.
I'll be interested to see what the results are.
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Postby Cynical Idealist » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:06 am UTC

Bobber wrote:Some people have failed horribly, e.g. posting under 1 for 1-100 and posting over 1000 for 1-1000.

Or posting '42' for the 1-10 section.

I mean, not that we don't expect to see 42 a lot, its just that...it goes in the other two questions, fool.
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Postby Ocean » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:27 am UTC

Cynical Idealist wrote:I mean, not that we don't expect to see 42 a lot, its just that...it goes in the other two questions, fool.

But... but... 42 is the answer to EVERYTHING!

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Postby Two9A » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:21 pm UTC

There are an awful lot of 7's in the 1-10 section. Also, would it be worth pointing out that any number (integer or not) can be entered? I had no idea it'd take non-integer values, so I put plain old boring numbers in.
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Postby Cytoplasm » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:02 pm UTC

Has been done. What's it supposed to show?
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Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:08 am UTC

Two9A wrote:There are an awful lot of 7's in the 1-10 section. Also, would it be worth pointing out that any number (integer or not) can be entered? I had no idea it'd take non-integer values, so I put plain old boring numbers in.

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Re: Take a survey for my class project!

Postby Force42 » Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:34 am UTC

Two9A wrote:There are an awful lot of 7's in the 1-10 section. Also, would it be worth pointing out that any number (integer or not) can be entered? I had no idea it'd take non-integer values, so I put plain old boring numbers in.


That was a mistake on my part, not to specify integer. Unfortunately, by the time I realized it, it was too late to go back and change it without seriously screwing around with the results.

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Postby Vieto » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:11 am UTC

Force42 wrote:
Two9A wrote:There are an awful lot of 7's in the 1-10 section. Also, would it be worth pointing out that any number (integer or not) can be entered? I had no idea it'd take non-integer values, so I put plain old boring numbers in.


That was a mistake on my part, not to specify integer. Unfortunately, by the time I realized it, it was too late to go back and change it without seriously screwing around with the results.


Still, even if you don't add in all the Pi results, at least make it a foot note. *And BTW, an internet survey suggests that people are biased towards irational constants relating to the ratio between the diameter and the circumference of a circle, the maximum exponential growth of a graph, the answer to life, the universe, and everything, evil numbers, and lucky numbers.

edit: ... and numbers greater than the max value asked for, and 47.


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