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Old 01-29-2006, 05:23 PM   #1
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Somebody Please Do The Hard Math

I'm kinda curious about the statistics of our board - what's popular, what's not, etc...............

Doing a very quick and superficial survey, I see we like to chit-chat the most
(Off-Topic Chat: 2358 threads, 57,460 posts)

Next, we seem to have a collective sweet tooth
(Baking... Desserts: 2,157 threads, 12,450n posts)

Then we like to talk about the gear we use
(Cookware and Accessories: 8,842 posts)

And we like to talk about what we're having for dinner
(Today's Menu, etc. 16,009 posts)

However, I bet there's some differences once you factor in the ratio of threads vs. responses.

It would be interesting to have some math whiz Excel this all out for me.......

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Old 01-29-2006, 05:27 PM   #2
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sorry, it's not me, mudbug. I like to multiply, divide, add and substract in my head, but, I don't like this kind of math.
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Old 01-29-2006, 05:30 PM   #3
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yeah, well, I was a lib arts major, so there's no hope for me.
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Old 01-29-2006, 07:28 PM   #4
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So, what are you looking for? What percentage of all topics are in each respective section? Ditto for posts?
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Old 01-29-2006, 07:35 PM   #5
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Not sure, Big. I just think it likely that if you went on raw numbers that you wouldn't necessarily find out what really interests people.

For example, there may be a topic with a lotta threads started, but not that many posts in response, statistically speaking - or a forum with not that many threads started, but a statistically significant amount of responses. Know what I mean?

I'm not good at numbers, but someone here must be and would know how to present this kind of data. Not a major concern, actually. Idle curiosity more than anything.
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:45 PM   #6
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GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

No! No! No!

I just got done with my MBA Market Research class, and I don't even want to think about sample size, variance, or any of that other stuff!!!!

Where's my beer???

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Old 01-29-2006, 10:33 PM   #7
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All I know is that 80% of all statistics can be made up on the spot! (that's a 4:1 ratio! )

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Old 01-29-2006, 11:45 PM   #8
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oh man please don't ask me to do math. i'll spend eternity trying to figure it out and still get no answer lol
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Old 01-30-2006, 12:21 AM   #9
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All I know is that 80% of all statistics can be made up on the spot! (that's a 4:1 ratio! )

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I'm going off-topic here, but what you said reminded me of something I did with my class once. I was telling them that surveys can be made to show what you want them to show, not necessarily what the truth really is. I told them that I could make most (if not all) of them choose walnuts as their favorite ice cream topping (they were 2nd graders, and very few 2nd graders like walnuts). Of course they all said that I couldn't. Then I took a survey of favorite ice cream toppings (and they had to choose one). Their choices were sand, rocks, ground glass, and walnuts. All but one chose walnuts (one said he would go with sand!). They were totally amazed that they really did end up choosing walnuts like I said they would!

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Old 01-30-2006, 10:48 AM   #10
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Mudbug, this is why this discussion board is so popular, and keeps many of it's members. Could you imagine if we only shared recipes without the discussion? yeesh! booooooooooo-ring!

math whiz....we need a math whiz......
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