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Which would you choose? Posted on 09/18/2001.

Julianne posed an interesting question in an email. For this (admittedly flippant) poll (look to the right), in which every choice is "Me", which do you think is the most popular? (I didn't guess right). I'm no statistician, but it seems that the difference between lowest and highest is quite significant. What does the distribution mean? Anything?

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I chose the 5th one... I was fascinated how 1, 3, and 5 were pretty much dead-even, with 2 falling behind, and 4 the clear winner.

What is it about space number 4?
Posted by peterme @ 09/19/2001 08:07 AM PST [link to this comment]

Woo Hoo! Now I know which link to choose when given the option to download from:
mirror 1
mirror 2
mirror 3
mirror 4
mirror 5
So what would the results be if there were only three chioces?
Posted by Brad @ 09/19/2001 10:07 AM PST [link to this comment]

In a list of 10, 7 appears to be the choice of choice.
Posted by jkottke @ 09/19/2001 06:09 PM PST [link to this comment]

Glad you thought this was fun! (I too guessed wrong.) When I went to the poll, the results were a stair-step like this:

1 xx
2 xxx
3 xxxx
4 xxxxx
5 xx
(but more exaggerated)

After I wrote you, #1 took off and almost caught up w/ 4. What stunned me was the apparent "attractiveness" of 4, and the stair-steps leading to it.

I think I have to learn from a magician how to "force" a card; the backs of all cards are identical so maybe it's a related technology. Or god help us, maybe it's one of those perception / psychology related things that they're always going on about at SIGGRAPH.
Posted by julianne @ 09/27/2001 09:54 AM PST [link to this comment]

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