Gene Expression Survey

That time of the year. Please take the Gene Expression Survey. I'll put up the analysis and the csv file next week. I have the usual questions, but also added a few more that might seem a bit weird. There are 30 questions total, and you don't need to answer all of them, but as I said the more you answer the more data there'll be. I did a trial run and it took less than 5 minutes; most people can answer a question about their sex or religious identity pretty quickly.

Update: You can view the results of the survey here.

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Done in a twinkling!

Questions? Weird? Naaah...erm, yes, a couple of them were.

By Sandgroper (not verified) on 08 Feb 2010 #permalink

Done, and answered all but felt a bit unhappy about a couple.

- The left/right spectrum thing is a bit tricky, in part because of differences in European and American assumptions. OK, the results will say something about self-identification - but not necessarily so much about what beliefs that actually implies.

- Worse was the one about IQ. I fell between two stools - yes, IQ measures something real (and more than the ability to complete a particular type of test), but what it measures is not the whole of what we refer to as 'intelligence' (except in the circular sense that it measures intelligence defined as that which is tested by an IQ test). So I went for 'who knows?', but that sounds rather wishy-washy...

Well, I suppose such things can't be avoided. And on a self-selecting online poll perhaps such quibbling is a bit beside the point:)

Still trying to work out what "?" means as a reponse to "Have you ever had sexual intercourse?"

Does it mean "What's that?"
Does it mean "No, but I'm going to act all mysterious so you think that I have"?

Done, with one suggestion. If you're going to ask if people have taken calculus, asking them if they have taken statistics would also make sense.

I'll bet the readership clusters will be pretty clear. Those on the left who found this on scienceblogs and read other scienceblog blogs like race/IQ-denialist Greg Laden, and those on the right who came from the old GNXP and read Sailer, Derb, and the rest of the HBDosphere.

The readers from scienceblog will regard the PUA/Game and IQ questions with a big WTF?

By Interesting (not verified) on 09 Feb 2010 #permalink

Agree about the phrasing of the IQ question...otherwise fun.

just one nit: the in a relationship but not married comment doesn't take into account that in some jurisdictions (i.e. most of the United States), some people are legally forbidden from marrying.

"The left/right spectrum thing is a bit tricky, in part because of differences in European and American assumptions. OK, the results will say something about self-identification - but not necessarily so much about what beliefs that actually implies"

At least with the abortion question, this survey could show what subjective political identity implies about a specific social issue in Europe and America. Unfortunately, the economic question is relative, so it doesn't allow that.

The World Values Survey could probably illuminate this more clearly. Especially because the readers here are obviously not representative samples of their nations.

By Jason Malloy (not verified) on 09 Feb 2010 #permalink

Not to be nitpicky but shyness and introversion aren't interchangeable. Introverts by personality are drawn towards solitude as a preference, but they don't have to be necessarily shy (fearful of social situations).

Interesting wrote:
I'll bet the readership clusters will be pretty clear. Those on the left who found this on scienceblogs and read other scienceblog blogs like race/IQ-denialist Greg Laden, and those on the right who came from the old GNXP and read Sailer, Derb, and the rest of the HBDosphere.

The readers from scienceblog will regard the PUA/Game and IQ questions with a big WTF?

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Well, I'm on the left--sort of. I also read Steve Sailer and Half Sigma sometimes and I certainly am not a race/IQ denialist. On the survey I selected .7 or above for the heritability of IQ. However, I still came up with a big WTF on the PUA/Game question. I'm going to google it now and try to figure out what the hell it is.

Ok I googled PUA/game. Disgusting. Yech. I'm on my computer at work, too. Steer clear of that sort of thing. Most women would be turned off completely by a guy who is into that sort of thing. Just stay away from that crap and be yourself.

Also just completed googling PUA. And, yes, wtf. Never a big fan of evo-psych, but if you didn't come into this world with the ability to obtain sex through normal human relationships, omfg you suck. What a weird self-conscious exercise in self-loathing, it's like aspiring to be a David Spade character. So sad.

Melykin, I'm suprised you hadn't noticed they huge crossover readership to and from Roissy in DC and Steve Sailer/Half Sigma. No matter what you think of them, it is a colorful and entertaining corner of the blogosphere. They are (Roissy and Sailer that is - HalfSigma not so much) talented writers and unique characters.

This comment on GNXP Classic FTW:

"what percentage of gnxp readers are shy, right wing virgins who never took calculus and fancy themselves to be pick up artists? now we'll know!"

I let out an audible chuckle at that one.

R4P wrote: "Melykin, I'm suprised you hadn't noticed they huge crossover readership to and from Roissy in DC and Steve Sailer/Half Sigma

A while ago I did see Roissy being discussed at Half Sigma or Steve Sailer, so I went to the Roissy site and read some stuff. He seems to be some sort of twisted pervert and psychopath who hates women. It is disturbing that he has so many followers. Anyway, after that I soon forgot about Roissy. When I saw the question about PUA/Games in Razib's survey I didn't associate it with Roissy. I assumed the reference to "games" was about some sort of computer game--the sort of thing my son plays.

Why would there be cross over between HBD and Roissy? I don't get it.

Didn't like the options for the tax question; they don't really get to what is behind a respondent's answer. E.g., "more services" people are fundamentally different from the "smaller deficit" people, but both might desire higher taxes right now.

Have you taken calculus: Yes: 81.29%, No: 13.91%.
What is your sex: Male: 81.06%, Female: 13.91%

Notice something? (yes, it is probably just a coincidence, but...)

Like Divalent, I consider the tax question problematic.

When I read the comment R4P quotes above, I laughed out loud. As for me, I'd like to know how many of your readers are at the same time: Male, married, upper class, American of Southeast Asian racial identity, virgin, High-School dropout, lefty, with 5 children.

"Why would there be cross over between HBD and Roissy? I don't get it."

Roissy claims game is a kind of applied evo-psych, Sailer seems to agree, and Roissy is a right-winger with many the same political views as Sailer (albeit expressed much harsher). It's not hard to see the affinity between the two. The theory of "Game" is based on the supposed biological basis for human attraction, thus it is a branch of HBD thought, but the focus is between the sexes, instead of races.

I initially had similar thoughts on the deficit question, but stuff like this pushed me off the fence into the anti-service spending camp.

Had problems with relationship-have been married once but
no category for same-so put single, not dating. Also with
level of education. I am old enough to have gone to nursing
school before schools were in university but I am in the top 15% of earners based on experience/level of employment.
I did have college algebra, statistics, chemistry and other
physical sciences on the college level but no college degree.

I think your sexual/relationship stats may be the most
skewed because you should have had a 'previously married,
not now involved' relationship category. I married an alpha
male the first time so wasn't intetested in a second marriage when I was younger. Now I prefer a relationship
that doesn't impinge on my physical space except for a limited amount of time.