1572: "xkcd Survey"

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1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:01 am UTC

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Title Text: The xkcd Survey: Big Data for a Big Planet

I hope I turn out to be special like everyone else.

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby groszdani » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:02 am UTC

"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun?"

English is not my mother tongue. Does this mean what I think it means?

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby lorb » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:04 am UTC

The (Check all that apply) should have a "none" option to distinguish people for which none of the options apply from people who don't want to answer that particular question.
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Athanasius » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:05 am UTC

So, did anyone else accidentally submit the form whilst mashing the keyboard for that one question? I did, and as a result I went back, said that I'd done that in the middle of that field and continued.

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby pscottdv » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:19 am UTC

@groszdani: It means, "Do you spend a lot of time in the sunshine." Not, "Do you spend a lot of time inside the outer boundary of the nearest star."

On another note, it's not easy to fill that box with random text when one has vimfx installed!

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Bloopy » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:26 am UTC

'Fill this text box with gibberish by mashing random keyboard keys' would be more suitable as the last question. I caused the form to submit prematurely as well, so started again. Play with that, data geeks! I also managed to pause the music I was listening to, type the number 90 in the Google search box in the next tab I had open, accidentally select 'no' on the food allergies question, and hit the bookmark page shortcut.
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:27 am UTC

groszdani wrote:"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun?"

English is not my mother tongue. Does this mean what I think it means?


Probably not. "in" != "inside" in this context.

Statistician gripe: it's impossible for us to come up with random words, even selecting from the words we know. THere are two many subconscious and conscious biases for us to choose randomly.

But I bet I wasn't the only one who included 'correct horse battery staple.'

I was surprised that none of the fastest 5 animal names I came up with was a bird, seeing as I"m an avid birder. That must mean something :-) .


I loved the "on a scale of 1 to 5 which is your favorite number?" Talk about self-contradictory referencing!
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Angua » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:27 am UTC

I had a lot of fun filling up the text box.
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Eoink » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:28 am UTC

Bloopy wrote:'Fill this text box with gibberish by mashing random keyboard keys' would be more suitable as the last question. I caused the form to submit prematurely, so started again. Play with that, data geeks! I also managed to pause the music I was listening to, type the number 90 in the Google search box in the next tab I had open, accidentally select 'no' on the food allergies question, and hit the bookmark page shortcut.


I managed to reduce my screen brightness to near zero.

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby testrider » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:38 am UTC

Literally the last two things that I did right before this survey were shopping for underwear, and telling someone how nice it is to have all of one kind.

Needless to say, the last question freaked me out!!

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Flumble » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:46 am UTC

cellocgw wrote:I loved the "on a scale of 1 to 5 which is your favorite number?" Talk about self-contradictory referencing!

If you have a scale with integers from one to five on them, which would be your favorite?


Considering "two is better than one" and "two's a party, but three is a crowd", I chose 2.
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Reecer6 » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:48 am UTC

I'll be honest... I didn't FILL the texbox. It was only half full. I feel that was outweighed by my expert use of the shift key to increase my mashing range, however.

Also, two of my responses I'm going to share, since I didn't sign any confidentiality thing.

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Flotter » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:50 am UTC

cellocgw wrote:[...]
Statistician gripe: it's impossible for us to come up with random words, even selecting from the words we know. THere are two many subconscious and conscious biases for us to choose randomly.

But I bet I wasn't the only one who included 'correct horse battery staple.'

I was surprised that none of the fastest 5 animal names I came up with was a bird, seeing as I"m an avid birder. That must mean something :-) .


I loved the "on a scale of 1 to 5 which is your favorite number?" Talk about self-contradictory referencing!

In the random words question I just entered the first ones that came to mind, two of these were words I used as answers in a previous question.

And one of the first animals that I thought of with was a dingo, where did that come from?!?

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby roband » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:58 am UTC

Flotter wrote:And one of the first animals that I thought of with was a dingo, where did that come from?!?

For some unknown reason, I thought of "monkfish"... Not a clue.

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby HES » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:01 pm UTC

My random words were random in as much as they were a random selection from a small set of engineering terms that spellcheckers keep insisting aren't words and my field insists otherwise.
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby orthogon » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:02 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:I loved the "on a scale of 1 to 5 which is your favorite number?" Talk about self-contradictory referencing!

I loved the question but spent ages thinking about my answer. I mean, I love all those numbers, it's so hard to choose.

1 is the multiplicative identity, it's related to great desirable things like unity; it's the number of known inhabited planets; it's half of all the binary digits...
2 is the highest even prime (not including 8), it's the base of binary, which is by far the coolest base; it's what it takes [to tango]...
3 is the smallest odd prime (not including 1); it's the magic number; it's the number of beats in the bar of one of my favourite songs, Waltz for Debby; it's the only number of legs that will make a table stable but not wobbly...
4 is obviously a strong contender: it's a power of two; it's my immediate family; it's a square number and the number of sides in a square; it's the number of beats in the bar of one of my favourite songs, Waltz for Debby...
5 is the weakest candidate; it's the number of beats in the bar of Take Five, the first jazz tune I ever heard; but as a number of days in the working week it's annoyingly prime; it's the number of fingers on one hand but only if you count the thumb as a finger; it's half of ten but is odd...

(braces for flame war from the pentophiles)

ETA: I think I went for 4 in the end.
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Angua » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:04 pm UTC

I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word....

It's occasionally.

Still can't spell it in this post :P
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby orthogon » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:06 pm UTC

Angua wrote:I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word....

It's occasionally.

Still can't spell it in this post :P

Me too. Manoeuvre. Damn, had to resort to spellcheck yet again.
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Quercus » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:08 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
cellocgw wrote:I loved the "on a scale of 1 to 5 which is your favorite number?" Talk about self-contradictory referencing!

I loved the question but spent ages thinking about my answer. I mean, I love all those numbers, it's so hard to choose.

1 is the multiplicative identity, it's related to great desirable things like unity; it's the number of known inhabited planets; it's half of all the binary digits...
2 is the highest even prime (not including 8), it's the base of binary, which is by far the coolest base; it's what it takes [to tango]...
3 is the smallest odd prime (not including 1); it's the magic number; it's the number of beats in the bar of one of my favourite songs, Waltz for Debby; it's the only number of legs that will make a table stable but not wobbly...
4 is obviously a strong contender: it's a power of two; it's my immediate family; it's a square number and the number of sides in a square; it's the number of beats in the bar of one of my favourite songs, Waltz for Debby...
5 is the weakest candidate; it's the number of beats in the bar of Take Five, the first jazz tune I ever heard; but as a number of days in the working week it's annoyingly prime; it's the number of fingers on one hand but only if you count the thumb as a finger; it's half of ten but is odd...

(braces for flame war from the pentophiles)

ETA: I think I went for 4 in the end.

I went for three, because I like the sound of the word best :)

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby peewee_RotA » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:08 pm UTC

I sadly have to admit that I could only think of one animal off the top of my head (Eric Burdon). I hope it was okay to google the rest.
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby fjgumby » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:17 pm UTC

I, too, accidentally submitted the form early while mashing keys, with the field maybe 20% full. Might try again later; now, I need to start my day.
I note that, after a couple of earlier jumps-to-elsewhere during the key-mashing process, I'd altered my pattern to stay away from function keys. Could be I hit ENTER, but it's a multi-line text box, and hitting ENTER between animals hadn't resulted in a form submission. Is there a JavaScript trap lurking in the random-text box, was I just clumsy, or did one of the cats click a mouse button while I wasn't looking?

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Kaelin » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:17 pm UTC

I saw a spurious correlations website before, but it'll be fun to see the results we get here.

I'm also going to borrow the results (if possible) for the Statistics classes I'm teaching.

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby pkcommando » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:25 pm UTC

4 is obviously the best number:
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I rest my case.


Plus there's 4 letters in xkcd ---- wait, Randall Munroe is really Tom Baker? :shock: It all fits!
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby doglover » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:30 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
Angua wrote:I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word....

It's occasionally.

Still can't spell it in this post :P

Me too. Manoeuvre. Damn, had to resort to spellcheck yet again.

"Unfortunately" was mine. My fingers always go faster than my brain when I type that one...

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby HES » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:34 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:Manoeuvre

No word should have that many vowels in a row.
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby mathmannix » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:38 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
Angua wrote:I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word....

It's occasionally.

Still can't spell it in this post :P

Me too. Manoeuvre. Damn, had to resort to spellcheck yet again.

Yeah, you spelt it very weirdly. It's supposed to be maneuver.

So, was anyone else bothered by the fact that the "pick a number between 1 and 100" field only accepted integers? My first choice was 17 pi...
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby homsar » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:40 pm UTC

Bloopy wrote:'Fill this text box with gibberish by mashing random keyboard keys' would be more suitable as the last question. I caused the form to submit prematurely as well, so started again. Play with that, data geeks! I also managed to pause the music I was listening to, type the number 90 in the Google search box in the next tab I had open, accidentally select 'no' on the food allergies question, and hit the bookmark page shortcut.



I managed to fill in two other questions, and almost printed the survey on the office printer. (The only thing that stopped it was that there was an invalid number of copies. Probably ], as that was coming up in the gibberish quite a lot.)

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby eran_rathan » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:41 pm UTC

did no one else type 'five random words' when it said to type five random words?

Guess it was just me then. :oops:
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Bloopy » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:43 pm UTC

I couldn't think of any words I always misspell on the first try off the top of my head. That sort of familiarity would hopefully prevent me from misspelling them! I scrolled through a long list of difficult-to-spell words and picked one that I thought I knew but would've spelled wrong on every try. At least up until I learnt it after a few more attempts just now.

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby orthogon » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:43 pm UTC

doglover wrote:
orthogon wrote:
Angua wrote:I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word....

It's occasionally.

Still can't spell it in this post :P

Me too. Manoeuvre. Damn, had to resort to spellcheck yet again.

"Unfortunately" was mine. My fingers always go faster than my brain when I type that one...

That's an interesting point: manoeuvre is a word I find hard to spell even given arbitrary time to think about it, but the word I misspell the most frequently despite knowing perfectly well how to spell it could easily be something like teh. And thanks to years of C/C++ programming, words ending -in are tricky: it's almost impossible for me not to add a "t".
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:44 pm UTC

Angua wrote:I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word....

It's occasionally.

Still can't spell it in this post :P



I put in my (real-world) last name. Actually I can spell it right, but nobody else can, so what the hey. :twisted:

And to whoever that was who was bitchingXXXXXX being mustardy about spellcheckers rejecting his techie words -- didn'tcha nevva hear of Custom Dictionary? :D
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Whizbang » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:45 pm UTC

Tommorow tomorrow

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby pkcommando » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:45 pm UTC

Angua wrote:I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word....

It's occasionally.

Still can't spell it in this post :P

That was mine, too. And, yeah, I also misspelled it on the survey. :(
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Echo244 » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:46 pm UTC

...so did anyone else, on being asked for five random words, start trying to hook a random number generator up to a dictionary?
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby The_Alchemist » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:54 pm UTC

eran_rathan wrote:did no one else type 'five random words' when it said to type five random words?

Guess it was just me then. :oops:


No...that's good though. But I did type "cat" - quotes included.

So, who checked (and believed they knew) all the words that they knew?

"Filling the box my mashing keys".....seems specifically aimed at keyboard, i.e. PC or MAC, use. Not mobile devices. It was evil too....

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby The_Alchemist » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:00 pm UTC

teh (opps)
opps (or is it oops?)
caffiene (i, e, c...shit!) - and I'm a chemist! 1,3,7-Trimethylpurine-2,6-dione !!!!
vaccum (there are odd double letters in there somewhere)
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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Hiferator » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:01 pm UTC

The_Alchemist wrote:"Filling the box my mashing keys".....seems specifically aimed at keyboard, i.e. PC or MAC, use. Not mobile devices. It was evil too....

While reading this, an image of a keyring being mashed against a touchscreen came to mind.

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby littledman » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:03 pm UTC

Anyone notice you can have an integer number of siblings?

How many twin/etc siblings do you have? -1

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:14 pm UTC

Are you a cat person?
Are you a dog person?

But, I'm a bird.

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Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Postby Beavertails » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:16 pm UTC

First 1-100: 97

"cat": "cat"

Speeling: definitely

Second 1-100: 11

1-5: 5
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