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?

2 comments for “Another example of your money being abused.. Residential Energy Consumption Survey

  1. Ken
    June 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Is it statistically legitimate? Probably…but there are number of caveats that have to be dealt with, as well as several assumptions (like people answering honestly, for instance).

    It is an example of nosy government? I would say, Yes.

    Is it an example of an important, necessary, constitutionally-mandated government activity? NO.

  2. June 6, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I still doubt that something like this could be statistically legit given those assumptions, like you mentioned, have to be made. Dunno, maybe my gut is wrong – statistics was never my strong point anyways. I’d take calc again over stats if I had to.

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