Another example of your money being abused.. Residential Energy Consumption Survey

On Tuesday, I drove up to Traverse City from school so I could go to the Grand Traverse Linux Users Group meeting. Normally I probably wouldn’t have done it, but it had been a few months since I had been able to make it. The topic of that even was SQL.

Now, I’m not going to get into the technical details, but basically, SQL is a language for interacting with many databases. As a result, the presenters needed some example data to load into a database that they could work with. They found this.

I was trying to locate the cost that was spent administering this 81 page survey that ultimately has 1075 variables they are ultimately storing – per response, but no dice.

Seriously, are you kidding me? Read some of those questions. At first I thought it was that damn census survey, but it isn’t.

Another thing, using 4,382 households to represent 111.1 million? Is that even statistically legitimate?

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