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23 February 2009 @ 09:08 pm
It's Poll Week, Apparently  
My nine-year-old nephew has to do a ridiculous poll for his math class, and he needs lots of responses. It's one question. Anyone feel like taking it? Please? I would thank you! My sister would thank you! My nephew would also thank you!

(Added bonus humor for anyone who has ever taken a math class: his teacher assigned this question, and also assigned him to determine the mean, mode, and median of answers. If you take it, you'll see why we are all deeply amused by this. Statistics: UR TEACHIN IT RONG.)

ETA: SurveyMonkey broke! The question was as follows:

Poll #1354750 Z's poll

Which (Witch, in the nephew's version) of these colors do you like best?

Pink
24(6.8%)
Green
113(31.8%)
Blue
135(38.0%)
Yellow
19(5.4%)
Red
64(18.0%)


Feel free to take it if you haven't already, and thanks again!
 
 
 
can't find my drink or pantsgeeklite on February 24th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
The mean will be red and a half, I predict!
ubixtiz on February 24th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Orange?
(no subject) - ubixtiz on February 24th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - melannen on February 24th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - _medley_ on February 24th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Ekaterinn: math is love!ekaterinn on February 24th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Obviously, blue is in mode this year, dahling! Or is that not what you meant?
tried to eat the safe banana: Umbrella rainbowthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
It makes as much sense - no, wait, more sense - than trying to find the mathematical mode of this set! (But it's GREEN. GREEN is in mode. *shakes fist at you and suspects you of voting for blue*)
Nickyobsessive24 on February 24th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Oh, that just makes me sad. Teaching everywhere just goes down the shitter.
tried to eat the safe banana: Love mathsthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of afraid to ask my sister if this is the new, improved math class she fought so hard to get the kid in. If it is, obviously, we will have to take the earthling and move to a country where PEOPLE CAN TEACH MATH.
(no subject) - lknomad on February 24th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
like using semaphore at the drive thru: Back to the drawing boardprettyshiny on February 24th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
I nearly spat water all over my screen.

Witch color indeed.

*snerks*
tried to eat the safe banana: Umbrella rainbowthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
*g* He's nine, and he prefers math to, well, everything else. Witch/Which is beyond him.
(no subject) - lknomad on February 24th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
there's nobody here but us chickensincidental_fire on February 24th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
AAAArgh. MUST NOT GO FIND TEACHER TO THROTTLE!!! AAAAArgh.

(Though I would be interested in seeing what the mode is.)
(Though I think that makes it worse - sure, you can find the mode, but clearly the teacher doesn't really know what *any* of those mean! Aghsdfjsdhj.)
(If you find out, I would love to hear how exactly the teacher calculates the mean and median for the survey. I mean, my head might explode, but I might have to risk it.)
indywind on February 24th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
you MUST post what the clueless teacher gives for mean and median.

::repeated headdesk::
(no subject) - thefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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tried to eat the safe banana: Love mathsthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
It is both funny and sad, in my opinion. At least the teacher, after it was pointed out to her, AGREED that she had screwed up this assignment. (Which, boy, did she.)

I think "brown" is an excellent answer to give. I will suggest it to Z.
The Gauche in the Machine: zHCL Joe facepalmchina_shop on February 24th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Hee!
tried to eat the safe banana: Umbrella rainbowthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Sad but funny! Or funny but sad! I am not sure which.
ships on a wine-dark sea: these feet too will never stop movingarboretum on February 24th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
I predict mud brown :D

and the survey has been duly filled out~
tried to eat the safe banana: Umbrella rainbowthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And, yes, brown seems an inevitable outcome. *g*
Vassvassilissa on February 24th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Oh dear. That's just sad.
tried to eat the safe banana: Love mathsthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
It is indeed. Join me in despairing for the future of education, won't you?
KRIM: wtf timbitter_crimson on February 24th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
WOW THAT TEACHER IS REALLY DUMB

UNLESS THEY ARE TRYING TO LINE THE COLORS UP IN A GRADIENT, OR SOMETHING. IDK.
tried to eat the safe banana: Umbrella rainbowthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
We spent a lot of time trying to figure out how, precisely, you could convert this data into something that might have a mean, but, frankly, I think the effort is doomed.

And I'm going to pretend that she was just really, really tired that day, or else I will succumb to despair.
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on February 24th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
*cries at the "statistics" at work here*

I took the poll anyway. Poor nephew.
tried to eat the safe banana: Love mathsthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
*weeps along with you*

And thank you!
jamjarjamjar on February 24th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Ow. This actually hurts my heart a little.
Yes, I Have Onesupremegoddess1 on February 24th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
ditto.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
_medley_: jack's up to something by becky_h_medley_ on February 24th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Aw, it's kind of adorable that he spelled "which" two different ways, neither of them the, well, standard way. *g* (Statistics--teaching it SO VERY WRONG, but I get enough flail over the educational system when I see what my seven-year-old niece brings home for homework.)
tried to eat the safe banana: Adult nowthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
His spelling is adorably idiosyncratic! Yeah, he's more of a math kid than a language kid. *g*

Statistics--teaching it SO VERY WRONG, but I get enough flail over the educational system when I see what my seven-year-old niece brings home for homework.

...Should I ask? *worried*
(no subject) - _medley_ on February 25th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
Marimarici on February 24th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Pre-break his brain! My brother and I have both been disciplined in math classes for asserting that the odds of an event happening at least once over the course of X tries is not equal to the odds of the event happening in one try times the number of tries. Be sure your nephew knows this one well enough to stand his ground and get written up like us.
Adinaadina_atl on February 24th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
So if you roll a dice six times you're NOT guaranteed of getting all six numbers once each? Wow, who'd of thunk it? *grin*

(no subject) - thefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shadowspinner on February 28th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - marici on March 12th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glass: Find x - mutantjedibauerdzurlady on February 24th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Oh dear. But at least he will get a large number of responses!
tried to eat the safe banana: Love mathsthefourthvine on February 24th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much the strategy, here. He won't have a mean, but his frequencies will be awesome! *g*