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  •  Thanks. (6+ / 0-)

    Out of the 294 responses I have so far (I can watch it in real-time), I've been watching that. Nobody under 19 so far.

    •  One more thing... (4+ / 0-)
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      weatherdude, MizC, ladybug53, MT Spaces

      ...you should consider where you posted the link to the survey when you are analyzing your results, because your sample may show some bias that you want to account for.

      For example, there's some self-selection going on (the "l know or care enough about tornadoes to take a survey" people vs. the "tl;dr" short attention span/science-phobe crowd).

      Where you link can also skew results...if you put the link on blogs or message boards that cater to other people who study weather, to those who follow it as a hobby, or where people are likely to have read about tornadoes (like many of the people here, who may follow you and read your diaries), you should acknowledge that they are likely to have a higher-than-average level of knowledge/info on the subject than the general public.

      You may want to make sure you've posted links on general interest boards to broaden your pool of respondents and offset some of the inherent bias.

      "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

      by Vacationland on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 02:09:56 PM PDT

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      •  It seems like you'll end up with a bit of a bias (3+ / 0-)
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        weatherdude, MT Spaces, Vacationland

        toward blue states as well... witness all the Californians who are saying "well, we don't usually get tornadoes here..."  Hoefully that doesn't skew things too much.

        •  You can correct for that (0+ / 0-)

          If you know where the respondent lives, or at minimum, know if they live in a place where tornadoes do (or don't) happen. I'm trying to remember if there was such a question on the survey, or just a question about whether the respondent had personally witnessed one (absent info about the location of that indecent).  

          I'm one of those folks...at home, I've only seen a water spout, & "regular" tornadoes are very rare, but I have seen a very big tornado---during a business trip to Georgia. :-)

          "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

          by Vacationland on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:56:37 AM PDT

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