Bigsley the Oaf

Metaphysics Survey Results

Posted in Uncategorized by bigsleytheoaf on April 1, 2013

Summary

About a week ago, my friend Paul [0] and I decided to perform a little metaphysics quiz! We asked about 200 of our friends, family, and colleagues to answer ten questions:

Do you believe in the Universe?
Do you believe in Objective Reality?
Do you believe in Time?
Do you believe in God?
Do you believe in Gravity?
Do you believe in the US Government?
Do you believe in Causality?
Do you believe in Consciousness?
Do you believe in Spirit(s)?
Do you believe in Love?

Conception

We had gotten  pretty high and were having a discussion about whether belief in Objective Reality was useful. I said that I really didn’t think so – even from a purely epistemological standpoint, believing in something Objective/External wasn’t necessary. Either a belief/statement could be reduced/linked back to some set of observations (and thus is Subjective) or is not. In the latter case – where does this belief come from?

Perhaps belief in “Objective Reality” is actually an external part of the self. If I believe in God, perhaps it is another part of my “I” besides my Subjectivity.

Anyway.

We wanted to see what our friends believed in. As it turns out, not too many of you believe in Objective Reality (more on that later). We thought it would be funny to use a SurveyMonkey survey, since this is pretty low-brow and business-y, to ask about a really highfalutin set of concepts!

Thanks!

First of all, thanks to everyone who answered! There were 92 responses (including Paul’s and my own), which represents about half of the people we asked. SO AWESOME.

Summary of Results

Please see the end of this document for all the data we collected.

Some interesting observations immediately spring up!

Gravity: 

Almost everyone believes in Gravity! ~93.5% of people say that they believe in Gravity. Two people do not believe in Gravity. This is the most popular existential entity, followed closely by the Universe (90.22%). Nothing else even comes close!

Percentages: 

Here are the positive response %s in order:

93.48% – Gravity
90.22% – Universe
83.70% – Love
79.35% – Consciousness
79.35% – Time
72.83% – Causality
50.00% – Government
42.39% – Objective Reality
19.57% – Spirits
13.04% – God

One really important thing to keep in mind is that all of this data comes from my + Paul’s friends and family. This is important, for instance, when interpreting the fact that only 13.04% of you believe in God, whereas (supposedly) the percentage of the US that believes in God is somewhere around 90%.

Distribution of belief: 

Here is the distribution of “Yes” answers. The number of the left is the # of yes’s – the number on the right is the number of people who answered with that many yes’s. The average person believed in something like 6.7 things.

0  — 0
1  — 1
2  — 2
3  — 1
4  — 8
5  — 16
6  — 16
7  — 30
8  — 15
9  — 2
10 — 1

The distribution of “No” answers (no nihilists! – your average person does not believe in 2-3 things):

0  — 15
1  — 16
2  — 37
3  — 14
4  — 5
5  — 4
6  — 1
7  — 0
8  — 0
9  — 0
10 — 0

The distribution of “I don’t know” answers:

0  — 20
1  — 25
2  — 19
3  — 17
4  — 7
5  — 2
6  — 0
7  — 1
8  — 0
9  — 1
10 — 0

Correlations

Please see the second footnote for correlations. I don’t think this analysis is very interesting, because obviously more people are going to believe in Gravity & X, since more people believe in Gravity…

Weighted Correlations

Please see [3] for weighted correlations. These are interesting! Basically I just took the correlation % and divided by the expected % (% of A * % of B). E.g. the weighted correlation of “God and Spirits” is 1.277 – which means that 1.277 times more people believe in both than we would have guessed from each individually (expected). These results are interesting!

I’m not going to go into the analysis myself – you should read the data!

Difficult People!

About 10 people contacted me with some form of “I don’t know how to answer these questions” or “I don’t know what you mean by believe.” The interesting thing about belief and metaphysics is that what you are willing to say you believe in is a description of your metaphysical system [4]. From a psycho-linguistic perspective, we might even say that this is a good definition of metaphysics – literally just a map of what people are willing to say they believe in.

I am sympathetic to these people, believe me! I understand that defining “belief” can be difficult. That’s the entire point of this survey! If it were easy to define belief, then we could probably all agree on what exists and what doesn’t. The point is precisely that it varies so widely for so many people. There are almost no overlapping responses [5]. Interestingly, TEN PEOPLE said they believed in everything except God and Spirits. Huh! Massive correlation. I’d love to do some sort of cluster analysis of this data, if anyone knows how to do that.

To some degree, this set of responses is a pretty good map of the metaphysical character of the people me and Paul know. These results aren’t entirely unexpected. A decent number of our friends are scientists/atheists/etc. They believe in the Universe and Gravity and physical shit. Few people believe in God & Spirits. I’m glad so many people believe in Love, though 🙂

Conclusions:

Obviously this survey has a lot to do with me + Paul and the people around us. I think that the most important conclusions to draw are contrasts with our own expectations. I didn’t expect everyone to believe in Gravity! Paul obviously didn’t expect such a low % of people to believe in Objective Reality. I’m tired. Hopefully you enjoyed this exercise. More to come (next up – Epistemology!)

Footnotes:

[0] This analysis and these conclusions reflect my own analysis and beliefs – I have not consulted Paul about any of this.

[1] Data

Summary:

“Q1. Do you believe in the Universe?”

“Yes”, “90.2 %”, 83
“No”, “1.1 %”, 1
“I don’t know”, “8.7 %”, 8

“Q2. Do you believe in Objective Reality?”

“Yes”, “42.4 %”, 39
“No”, “22.8 %”, 21
“I don’t know”, “34.8 %”, 32

“Q3. Do you believe in Time?”

“Yes”, “79.3 %”, 73
“No”, “12.0 %”, 11
“I don’t know”, “8.7 %”, 8

“Q4. Do you believe in God?”

“Yes”, “13.0 %”, 12
“No”, “55.4 %”, 51
“I don’t know”, “31.5 %”, 29

“Q5. Do you believe in Gravity?”

“Yes”, “93.5 %”, 86
“No”, “2.2 %”, 2
“I don’t know”, “4.3 %”, 4

“Q6. Do you believe in the US Government?”

“Yes”, “50.0 %”, 46
“No”, “31.5 %”, 29
“I don’t know”, “18.5 %”, 17

“Q7. Do you believe in Causality?”

“Yes”, “72.8 %”, 67
“No”, “8.7 %”, 8
“I don’t know”, “18.5 %”, 17

“Q8. Do you believe in Consciousness?”

“Yes”, “79.3 %”, 73
“No”, “5.4 %”, 5
“I don’t know”, “15.2 %”, 14

“Q9. Do you believe in Spirit(s)?”

“Yes”, “19.6 %”, 18
“No”, “48.9 %”, 45
“I don’t know”, “31.5 %”, 29

“Q10. Do you believe in Love?”

“Yes”, “83.7 %”, 77
“No”, “5.4 %”, 5
“I don’t know”, “10.9 %”, 10

All responses:

(0 = “Yes”, 1 = “No”, 2 = “I don’t know”). The questions are in the order listed above.

0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 1, 2, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 1, 2, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1
0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 2, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2, 0, 2, 0
0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2, 0, 2, 2
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 2, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2, 2, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 2, 1, 2
2, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 1
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 2, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 1, 1, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0
0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 2, 2, 0
0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0
0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0
0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 1, 0, 1, 0
0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 2, 2, 2
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1
0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 1, 0
2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 0, 2, 0
2, 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 2, 2
0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0
0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
2, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 1, 2, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 2
0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0
2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0, 1, 2, 0
0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0
0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 2
0, 1, 0, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 2, 2, 2
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 2, 1, 2
0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 2, 2, 2, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 1, 2, 1, 0, 2, 0, 2, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 2, 2
0, 2, 1, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0
0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 2
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 0
0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0
0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 2, 2, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
2, 1, 2, 2, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1
0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0
1, 1, 0, 2, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0

[2] Correlations:

Each row is read as follows: The first number is the # of respondents with that correlation. The second set is pairs of things that that # of respondents believes in. E.g. see row #1 below – it says that 3 respondents believe in both God and Spirits.

“Yes”:

3 — God, Spirits
5 — Objective Reality, Spirits — God, US Government
6 — Objective Reality, God
7 — US Government, Spirits
8 — Time, God — God, Causality
10 — Universe, God — God, Consciousness
11 — God, Gravity
12 — God, Love
13 — Time, Spirits — Causality, Spirits
15 — Universe, Spirits
16 — Consciousness, Spirits — Spirits, Love
17 — Gravity, Spirits
24 — Objective Reality, US Government
32 — Objective Reality, Time — Objective Reality, Causality — Objective Reality, Consciousness
35 — Objective Reality, Love
36 — Universe, Objective Reality — US Government, Causality
38 — Objective Reality, Gravity — US Government, Love
39 — Time, US Government — US Government, Consciousness
44 — Universe, US Government — Gravity, US Government
53 — Causality, Consciousness
56 — Time, Causality
58 — Causality, Love
59 — Time, Consciousness
61 — Universe, Causality — Time, Love
65 — Gravity, Causality — Consciousness, Love
67 — Universe, Consciousness
68 — Universe, Time
69 — Gravity, Consciousness
71 — Universe, Love
72 — Time, Gravity — Gravity, Love
79 — Universe, Gravity

“No”

0 — Universe, Time — Universe, God — Universe, Gravity — Universe, Consciousness — Universe, Spirits — Universe, Love — Time, Love — Gravity, Consciousness — Gravity, Spirits — Gravity, Love — Causality, Consciousness
1 — Universe, Objective Reality — Universe, US Government — Universe, Causality — Objective Reality, Gravity — Time, Causality — God, Gravity — Gravity, US Government — Gravity, Causality
2 — Objective Reality, Consciousness — Time, Gravity — Time, Consciousness — US Government, Love — Causality, Love — Consciousness, Love
3 — Objective Reality, Time — Objective Reality, Love — Time, Spirits — God, Causality — God, Consciousness — God, Love — US Government, Consciousness — Consciousness, Spirits — Spirits, Love
4 — Objective Reality, Causality — Causality, Spirits
5 — Time, God — Time, US Government — US Government, Causality
10 — Objective Reality, God
11 — Objective Reality, US Government — US Government, Spirits
13 — Objective Reality, Spirits
15 — God, US Government
34 — God, Spirits

“I don’t know”

0 — Gravity, Love
1 — Universe, Causality — Universe, Love — Time, Love — Gravity, US Government — Gravity, Consciousness
2 — Universe, Time — Universe, Gravity — Universe, Consciousness — Time, Gravity — Time, US Government — Time, Causality — Time, Consciousness — Gravity, Causality — Gravity, Spirits — US Government, Love
3 — Objective Reality, Time — Objective Reality, Gravity — Time, Spirits — God, Gravity — God, Love — US Government, Causality — Causality, Love
4 — Universe, Objective Reality — Universe, US Government — Universe, Spirits — Objective Reality, Love — God, Causality — Causality, Consciousness
5 — Universe, God — Objective Reality, US Government — Time, God — God, US Government — US Government, Consciousness — US Government, Spirits — Consciousness, Love — Spirits, Love
6 — God, Consciousness
7 — Objective Reality, Consciousness — Consciousness, Spirits
8 — Causality, Spirits
9 — Objective Reality, Causality
13 — Objective Reality, God — God, Spirits
16 — Objective Reality, Spirits

[3] Weighted correlations:

To read a row in this table, the first number is the “actual percentage” of people who answered Yes for both, divided by the “expected percentage.”

You can think of this as a sort of “separation metric.” If the number is high that means that the two groups are almost the same. If the number is low, that means that the two groups are probably pretty different. People who believe in Objective Reality are less likely than usual to believe in Spirits, and vice versa.

“Yes”:

0.655 — Objective Reality, Spirits
0.777 — US Government, Spirits
0.833 — God, US Government
0.840 — Time, God
0.910 — Time, Spirits
0.915 — God, Causality
0.923 — Universe, God
0.923 — Universe, Spirits
0.980 — God, Gravity
0.987 — US Government, Love
0.991 — Causality, Spirits
0.996 — Causality, Consciousness
0.998 — Time, Love
1.000 — Gravity, Love
1.009 — Universe, Causality
1.010 — Gravity, Spirits
1.011 — Gravity, Consciousness
1.017 — Universe, Consciousness
1.018 — Universe, Gravity
1.018 — Time, Consciousness
1.022 — Universe, Love
1.023 — Universe, Objective Reality
1.023 — Gravity, US Government
1.032 — Universe, Time
1.034 — Objective Reality, Time — Objective Reality, Consciousness
1.034 — Causality, Love
1.037 — Gravity, Causality
1.042 — Objective Reality, Gravity
1.050 — God, Consciousness
1.053 — Time, Causality
1.055 — Time, Gravity
1.060 — Universe, US Government
1.062 — Spirits, Love
1.063 — Consciousness, Love
1.068 — US Government, Consciousness — Time, US Government
1.072 — Objective Reality, Love
1.074 — US Government, Causality
1.120 — Consciousness, Spirits
1.126 — Objective Reality, Causality
1.179 — Objective Reality, God
1.194 — God, Love
1.230 — Objective Reality, US Government
1.277 — God, Spirits

“No”:

0.557 — Time, Spirits
0.676 — God, Causality
0.775 — US Government, Spirits
0.819 — Time, God
0.859 — Objective Reality, God
0.901 — God, Gravity
0.933 — God, US Government
1.022 — Causality, Spirits
1.045 — Time, Causality
1.082 — God, Consciousness — God, Love
1.194 — Objective Reality, Time
1.226 — Spirits, Love — Consciousness, Spirits
1.265 — Objective Reality, Spirits
1.268 — US Government, Love
1.362 — God, Spirits
1.442 — Time, US Government
1.586 — Gravity, US Government
1.661 — Objective Reality, US Government
1.752 — Objective Reality, Consciousness
1.903 — US Government, Consciousness
1.982 — US Government, Causality
2.190 — Objective Reality, Causality — Objective Reality, Gravity
2.628 — Objective Reality, Love
3.172 — Universe, US Government
3.345 — Time, Consciousness
4.380 — Universe, Objective Reality
4.6 — Causality, Love
5.75 — Gravity, Causality
7.36 — Consciousness, Love
8.363 — Time, Gravity
11.5 — Universe, Causality

“I don’t know”:

0.0 — Gravity, Love
0.676 — Universe, Causality
0.746 — God, Causality
0.845 — Objective Reality, US Government
0.933 — God, US Government — US Government, Spirits
0.951 — God, Love
0.955 — US Government, Causality
1.078 — Objective Reality, Time
1.082 — US Government, Love
1.15 — Universe, Love — Time, Love — Objective Reality, Love
1.189 — Time, Spirits
1.288 — Objective Reality, God
1.352 — Time, Causality — Gravity, US Government — Time, US Government
1.359 — God, Consciousness
1.422 — God, Spirits
1.437 — Universe, Objective Reality
1.437 — Objective Reality, Consciousness
1.492 — Causality, Spirits
1.522 — Objective Reality, Causality
1.546 — Causality, Consciousness
1.586 — Gravity, Spirits — Spirits, Love — Universe, Spirits — Objective Reality, Spirits
1.586 — Consciousness, Spirits
1.623 — Causality, Love
1.642 — Time, Consciousness — Universe, Consciousness — Gravity, Consciousness
1.932 — US Government, Consciousness
1.982 — Universe, God — Time, God
2.156 — Objective Reality, Gravity
2.379 — God, Gravity
2.705 — Gravity, Causality — Universe, US Government
2.875 — Universe, Time
3.285 — Consciousness, Love
5.75 — Time, Gravity — Universe, Gravity

[4] This is a similar idea to that expressed by the Yoneda Lemma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoneda_lemma) for those of you interested in advanced mathematics. The idea is that the relationships between things defines those things, as much as things define their relationships.

[5] Overlapping responses: These are answer profiles, followed by the # of people who believed them. E.g. the first row says the response: “Yes”, “Yes”, “Yes”, “No”, “Yes”, “I don’t know”, “Yes”, “Yes”, “No”, Yes” was given by 4 people.

0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0 — 4

(–> 4 people believe in everything except God and Spirits, and don’t know about the US Government.)

0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0 — 2
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0 — 2
0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0 — 3
0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0 — 10

(–> 10 people believe in everything except God and Spirits)

0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0 — 2
0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0 — 2

[6] Code – Here is some code I used to generate this data (not complete, unfortunately – I did some stuff in the console):

data.each do |d|
new_data_row = []
new_data << new_data_row
(0..9).each do |index|
(0..2).each do |findex|
if !d[9 + index * 3 + findex].nil?
new_data_row << findex
end
end
end
end

pairwise_correlation = lambda do |x, y, choice|
count = 0
new_data.each do |d|
if d[x] == choice && d[x] == d[y]
count += 1
end
end
count
end

correlation_map_1 = {}
correlation_map_2 = {}

get_correlation = lambda do |choice_0|
correlation_map_1[choice_0] = {}
correlation_map_2[choice_0] = {}
(0..9).each do |choice_1|
(choice_1 + 1..9).each do |choice_2|
correlation = pairwise_correlation[choice_1, choice_2, choice_0]
correlation_map_1[choice_0][[choice_1, choice_2]] = correlation
correlation_map_2[choice_0][correlation] ||= []
correlation_map_2[choice_0][correlation] << [choice_1, choice_2]
end
end
end

print_correlations = lambda do |choice|
correlation_map_2[choice].keys.sort.each do |key|
puts “#{key.to_s[0..4]} — #{correlation_map_2[choice][key].map {|x| x.map {|y| lookup[y]}.join(“, “)}.join(” — “)}”
end
end

lookup = {}
lookup[0] = “Universe”
lookup[1] = “Objective Reality”
lookup[2] = “Time”
lookup[3] = “God”
lookup[4] = “Gravity”
lookup[5] = “US Government”
lookup[6] = “Causality”
lookup[7] = “Consciousness”
lookup[8] = “Spirits”
lookup[9] = “Love”

inverted_weighted_correlations = {}

number_chose = lambda do |x, choice|
count = 0
new_data.each do |d|
count += 1 if d[x] == choice
end
count
end

get_weighted_correlations = lambda do |choice|
inverted_weighted_correlations[choice] = {}

correlation_map_1[choice].keys.each do |pair|
choice_1 = pair[0]
choice_2 = pair[1]

expected_percent = number_chose[choice_1, choice] * number_chose[choice_2, choice] / (92.0 * 92.0)
actual_percent = correlation_map_1[choice][pair] / 92.0

puts expected_percent
puts actual_percent
puts “—–”

inverted_weighted_correlations[choice][actual_percent / expected_percent] ||= []
inverted_weighted_correlations[choice][actual_percent / expected_percent] << pair
end
end

print_weighted_correlations = lambda do |choice|
inverted_weighted_correlations[choice].keys.sort.each do |key|
puts “#{key.to_s[0..4]} — #{inverted_weighted_correlations[choice][key].map {|x| x.map {|y| lookup[y]}.join(“, “)}.join(” — “)}”
end
end

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  1. Philip Engel said, on April 1, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Great, thanks for sharing. Lots of stimulating info here!

    • bigsleytheoaf said, on April 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

      I’m glad you think so. I’d love to hear about the ways it stimulates you.

  2. Nagle said, on April 1, 2013 at 3:13 am

    I like that I can pick my answer out of this dense analysis. (I answered all Yes-es.)

    Your comment about cluster analysis makes me think it’d be fun to visualize this with d3 somehow. That’s kind of a general thought I have lately all the time. But! I was reminded of this visualization (http://vallandingham.me/vis/gates/ — details here: http://vallandingham.me/bubble_charts_in_d3.html).

    It seems fun to have each survey be a bubble on that chart, and be able to move them around via response buckets. Maybe — since that visual is really only dealing with visualizing a data set along any single parameter, it could be adapted to be 2 dimensional, so you could see like a yes / no / don’t know table for any 2 selected parameters? (i.e. one parameter on the x, on one on the y, and then you have a 3×3 table where you can configure questions 1- 10 on both the x and y?) And then see if any interesting patterns pop out?

    +1 for the Yoneda Lemma!

  3. kelly said, on April 1, 2013 at 6:06 am

    or you could do ica analysis to project potential clusters in a lower dimensional space for easier viewing. maybe we fall into some sort of belief types.

  4. Blim Mickey said, on April 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    What, no “What, no _____?” ?
    This post is great, it’s like recipe swapping!

    • bigsleytheoaf said, on April 5, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Thanks! Yeah, it’s silly, a bit 😉

      • globalfax said, on April 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        I’m bummed not being able to decide whether I believed in Time again enough yet to say yes caused me to an outsider on the data set!

        I’d like to see a follow up survey where people can draw their own ideograms / glyphs for these top-level domains of belief shapers. It’d be awesome to see how people abstract what they believe / don’t believe in. I thought of this looking at this comparison of Egyptian and Mi’kmaq hieroglyphs: http://www.nsexplore.ca/bird/untitled-scanned-84.jpg

        Hi!

      • bigsleytheoaf said, on April 15, 2013 at 5:10 am

        Hi!

        Thanks for the link!

        I miss you – you gonna be at steer ghost? I’ll be ghosting it up fer shure!


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