Dot Physics

Census Results

Thanks to all who participated in the Dot Physics Census. Let me share some of the things that I learned:

  • The survey was flawed. How dumb was I? Almost everyone would fit into more than one of those categories. Oh well.
  • Google Docs makes pretty good surveys. I made a form in google docs and embedded it in my webpage. The only thing that I didn’t do (but I do know one way to do it) was to have live results. PollDaddy does this, but the free account is limited to 100 responses. I am too cheap for that.
  • I was surprised by the large percent of college students. College students, I welcome you. I apologize for anytime I said something that seemed to be negative, I didn’t mean it that way. I was once a college student too.

As of 9/21/09, here are the results:


What about the “other” category? Well, here is what people put:

Note that there WAS an anti-Tom. I hope anti-Tom doesn’t get near Tom or they will annihilate.

Note about the survey

I saw a hint somewhere that used google forms for surveys. Works quite well. Just make a form and embed it as a webpage. You can see the summary, but I don’t see an easy to let viewers see the summary.

The other nice thing about the google forms is that it saves the data to a google docs spreadsheet. I could have made a histogram from this data to embed, but I was just getting too behind in other stuff. Anyway, I like google docs.


  1. #1 Tom
    September 22, 2009

    There are 2 Toms in the stats and I only voted once, so the additional Tom may be from a rare Tom/Anti-Tom production event. 10^19 Joules is a big stinkin’ photon.

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