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Re^2: When I see a poll

by wolfger (Deacon)
on Aug 10, 2005 at 17:13 UTC ( #482660=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: When I see a poll
in thread When I see a poll

Love the paradoxical shortest answer option :)

What? No love for the paradoxical "last answer" or "first answer" answers? Or the "either first or last answer" answer? What about the paradoxical "I don't vote, just comment" or "pick one answer and vote for another"?

In fact, the only answers you could possibly give without lying are the "pool" answer and the "random" answer.

But yeah... I liked the "short" answer best, too.

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Re^3: When I see a poll
by shemp (Deacon) on Aug 10, 2005 at 18:11 UTC
    The random choice is horribly underrepresented in the results. only 1/8th of the people who do the random thing would actually vote for it because there are 8 choices, and if i agree with the random choice i'll probably not vote for it because im voting at random.
    I use the most powerful debugger available: print!
      The random choice is horribly underrepresented in the results.

      First off, I think you mean *over*represented, since nearly 1/4th the people picked it.
      Secondly, you are assuming that 100% are voting randomly. If we assume that 1/8th of the random voters picked "random", then the majority of the "random" votes probably came from people who "pick an answer and vote for another". :-)

Re^3: When I see a poll
by rdm (Hermit) on Aug 11, 2005 at 01:08 UTC
    '... which pleases me very much.'
    "I like it very much". (816, Crow, et al)
    -Reality might not get out of Beta today. (O.Timas, "Bot")
Re^3: When I see a poll
by zshzn (Hermit) on Aug 11, 2005 at 03:24 UTC
    And should the person 'dive in', taken in a more literal sense, they would not end up responding to the poll at all.

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