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Useless Statistics

by chunlou (Curate)
on Jul 18, 2003 at 09:58 UTC ( #275541=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Just for recreational curiosity. Data fetched from BigMonkMap and PerlMonks, as of 7/16/2003. Only monks on the Map were included, so it's a self-selected sample, not a good random sampling. Not sure if the statistics already available somewhere but here they are anyway.

  • Region A: longitude180W - 30W, i.e. Americas, etc.
  • Region B: longitude 30W - 60E, i.e. Europe, Africa, Middle East, etc.
  • Region C: longitude 60E - 180E, i.e. Asia, Oceania, etc.
Region Head count
A
361
B
172
C
20

You should be glad you don't miss out anything no matter where you live...

Region Median XP
A
1130
B
1065
C
1185

... you still get the same mature experienced monks (mature for programmers, that is, many of whom would probably have exhausted to death by 40).

Region Median Age
A
29
B
29
C
27

Just for the fun of it. (Region C has too small a sample size.)

Head Count Median XP
Region Region
Zodiac A B A B
Capricorn
27
5
1474
2179
Aquarius
22
11
1108
1170
Pisces
28
11
839
1434
Aries
15
10
1139
732
Taurus
24
13
851
788
Gemini
18
5
866
372
Cancer
18
9
733
1065
Leo
25
8
1176
1263
Virgo
25
22
1318
1307
Libra
20
4
690
2197
Scorpio
15
8
2117
911
Sagittarius
23
13
776
1141

Comment on Useless Statistics
Re: Useless Statistics
by talexb (Canon) on Jul 18, 2003 at 15:40 UTC

    Hello, my name is Alex, and I love statistics -- father and grandfather were both actuaries.

    I'm an Aries in Region A, and I was wondering if we could see some standard deviations. The median is cool, but that's just the (n/2)th entry in the sorted list (or the average of (n/2) and ((n+1)/2) if there are an even number of entries) -- I'd also like to get an idea of the shape of the curve (kurtosis: +ve or -ve?) as well as the size of the standard deviation.

    The other thought that occurred to me was wondering about what kind of groups we'd get if we did some kind of nearest-neighbour exercise based on a mix of age and distance. Try for different sized groups, also find the most isolated monks .. the possiblities for wasting time are almost endless.

    --t. alex
    Life is short: get busy!

        Of course I've seen the quote. Didn't realize that brother Ozymandias wrote that -- a very cool name, and I thought of the Shelley poem as soon as I saw the name. Fourteen lines of bitter irony .. 'Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!' .. quite brilliant.

        And it was Shelley's wife who wrote Dr. Frankenstein .. I wonder if there was any thematic crossover there at all.

        --t. alex
        Life is short: get busy!
Re: Useless Statistics
by ajdelore (Pilgrim) on Jul 18, 2003 at 16:00 UTC

    Way cool... I was unaware of the MonkMap and stats.

    I would guess that this is probably a statistically skewed sample, however, as only more experienced monks are likely to have heard of the MonkMap, or decided to add themselves to it (like I just did).

    </ajdelore>

      I myself knew of it for a long time, but never knew how to add myself to it. Turns out, all you need to do is go to the Help page.

      cidaris opens new software, throws away manual, begins install
Re: Useless Statistics
by mojotoad (Monsignor) on Jul 19, 2003 at 08:09 UTC
    How about getting an account out on http://www.perlmonk.org and having this stuff regularly updated?

    BTW, did you use a utility to generate your tables? If so, which one?

    Cheers,
    Matt

      No I didn't use any special utility to generate the tables. There're plenty of Javascript barcharts out there though.
Re: Useless Statistics
by chunlou (Curate) on Jul 20, 2003 at 22:34 UTC
    Here are maps of the distribution of monks in N. America and Europe grouped by XP (XP => 2300 & XP < 2300), in case anyone interested.

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