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Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs

Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs
a book for when your dog gardens too, too much!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Poll Results are In!

A little while ago, this site ran a poll, asking for votes on the subject on whether dogs or cats are the best. Not surprisingly, the result was 100% in favour of dogs being the best.

I write 'not surprisingly', but to be honest, with only two votes, one of them being from the creator of this book, and the blog set up to promote the book, it was always going to have a result like this. I don't know who the other vote was from, but it they've been on this blog, it's not surprising they like dogs, is it?

So this can be looked at as an experiment in social media, an example of how you need to be careful with statistics, or a failure I suppose. You could also look at it as a little game I was playing, experimenting with the tools easily available, and just looking into whether I had many people interacting with my site. Hmm, that is the same as the first-mentioned thing, just stated diferently I suppose.

But anyway, I think the question of which of something, whatever that 'something' is, will always depend on who is being asked the question. No-one can ask absolutely everyone a question, one can only ever go by the results obtained. And of course, as I've shown, the results obtained can depend on many things.

So the next time you read the results of a poll, please think about the results, and how they were obtained. If you agree with the result, you're more likely to believe in the poll, if you don't agree with the result, you're probably more likely to cast doubt on the poll.

We're curious things, aren't we, people?

1 comment:

  1. "...lies, damned lies, and statistics"! I think a lot also depends on how the questions are posed.


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