Saturday, November 25, 2006

i am a piece of statistical data in the pie chart of life

Confession: I am a huge geek.

Wait, you all knew that? Ok. Well. Let me tell you the new depths of geekdom I have reached. After Friday's Research Methods class, during which Dr. Hale told us how on Monday we would start analyzing the data we had collected with our big questionnaire of last week (611 participants! woot!), I did not do what most other students would have done, which is go home at 2:30 in the afternoon because there was nothing else pressing to do. No, instead I went up to the computer lab and logged on to SPSS, and began labelling variables and entering values, making crosstabulations and analytical pie charts and bar graphs to check out things like how many of our participants had smoked in high school or been bullies, or to see if closeness to one's mother might predict things like alcohol use or anorexia. Two hours zipped by! I don't know where they went. All I know is that when Katie sat next to me and stared at me creepily, thinking it was a joke and I would notice, I didn't even see her. Sociology has taken over my heart, and apparently my peripheral vision, too.

So in the spirit of the season (which is clearly not Christmas, not yet, because we're not comfortable with trees in our houses til at least December, right Jan?) I present huminbean's latest interactive game (more evidence that I am indeed a geek) which ought to keep us all occupied until at least Last Class Bash (next Friday!):

Name Those Percentiles!

In the pie chart above, give me your ideas for what it represents, including what each color stands for. Awards will be given for: Most Intelligent, Most Crass, Best Overall, and Best Entry Which Uses the Word "Gumboot".

I'll see you all later. I'd love to stay and chat, but I have some sociological analysis to complete. *Pushes eyeglasses up at nosebridge with finger and snorts*.

Oh and--as a joint production of Huminbean's Department of This Couldn't Wait for Another Post and the Department of Education, Not Pointing Fingers, check this article out. Honestly, I don't know why I don't read Common Dreams more often, there's so much good stuff there!

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