X-Message-Number: 27791
Subject: Re: Evaluating the survey results
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2006 23:41:39 US/Eastern

David Stodolsky wrote:

On 21 Mar 2006, at 22:04,  wrote:

>> (  http://www.benbest.com/sandbox/Display_Survey_7.php)
>>   The answers to question (18) clearly indicate that the
>> respondents are cryonicists. The majority have made
>> cryonics arrangements for cryopreservation and with one
>> exception the rest intend-to or want-to. Even though
>> the survey was posted to the Cryonics Institute Forum,
>> it was also posted to the Cryonics Society of Canada
>> list and to CryoNet, so I find it surprising that
>> more respondents had made cryonics arrangements with
>> CI than with Alcor.

> This difference is not significant in either data set. The  
> differences among all responses is, however.

  I find your comment too cryptic to decipher unambiguously.

   If I did a survey and found that 50% of the respondents 
were left-handed this would give me some signficant 
information about the population I was sampling insofar 
as 10-15% of the general population is left-handed. Among
cryonicists, those who have have contracts and funding 
with Alcor outnumber those who have contracts and funding
with the Cryonics Institute by about 3 to 1. Therefore 
it is significant that in this survey 35% have made 
arrangements with CI and 29% with Alcor:


 (38 or 31/113 for the first survey)

  Does this mean that CI has more activists than Alcor? 
Does it mean that few cryonicists read CryoNet any more?
The survey does not ask which forum the respondents 
are responding-from, so this result is very difficult
to interpret. 

   -- Ben Best

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