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« on: June 26, 2007, 08:43:06 AM »

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6236628.stm

I could not help but point and laugh at this.  For a PhD student, this idiot woman's total ignorance of the basic statistical concept of population distributions is pretty sad.  

Duh!  Facebook requires an attachment to a school to become a member whereas MySpace is open to the general public.  So of course one's going to have a more narrow population distribution than the other.  Didn't you pay attention in your basic statistics classes?

Someone fails at PhD life.  

Not only that, but what the fuck kind of organization even funds this kind of research?  The mind boggles.
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2007, 09:52:29 AM »

Wow, yeah, that is a pretty ignorant study. How did this ever get past a review board?
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2007, 10:19:07 AM »

You know what I see, BBC News?  I see a slow news day with nothing to fill it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2007, 11:21:04 AM »

Actually, I think Facebook no longer requires a university/college email. Could be wrong though.
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2007, 12:52:04 PM »

I think it still requires some sort of school affiliation, though.
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2007, 01:01:21 PM »

Yeah. I'm only in High School, but facebook required that I go to that high school and be a part of that network.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2007, 01:31:39 PM »

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I think it still requires some sort of school affiliation, though.

No, not for the past six months at least.

It doesn't require any affiliation at all, actually. No high school, college, or city. I'm currently listed as not having a network.
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2007, 07:36:27 AM »

Yea facebook doesn't need a college anymore, but still, it's fairly recent that they removed that, so it would take a long while to build up the kind of user base myspace has of people not affiliated to some sort of school.  

Regardless, this study is really dumb.  Why do we need a study on the type of people who use networking sites?
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2007, 07:37:18 AM »

...Someone with a PhD did a report on this?

Holy BALLS they'll give anyone those things now.

Fuck this, and you.
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2007, 04:15:08 AM »

Hasn't required a school affiliation for some months now. (Facebook) I believe it used to be just universities and colleges, and expanded to... high schools and then workplaces? (I found the NASA network on there) and then everyone recently.

Ah well. I like it other than the 34875304703984 applications that are suddenly showing up on everyone's pages.
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2007, 06:48:33 AM »

They started giving them to anyone when PhDs started to be given to art students.
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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2007, 07:01:35 AM »

I consider Bebo to be way better than MySpace, with or without the fact HTML is not allowed. But it is terribly underrated and it only seems to be UK people who use it, even though anybody can sign up an account.

I should have made a blog a long time around. I have went through a lot of online drama, so it would have been fun to document it all for all to see. :)
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2007, 08:46:53 AM »

This lady's getting her PhD in information sciences, which is a legit field to get a PhD in (I was a former PhD student in Educational Psychology but last year decided to switch programs; now I'm going for my 2nd Masters, this time with certification in school counseling.)  

Regardless of the mechanics of Facebook, my biggest surprises of all this are that 1) a review board actually approved this study and 2) that this study ignores one of the basic tenets of introductory statistics, namely population and sampling distributions.  Facebook and MySpace have enough differences in their populations that no matter what, you will get non-comparable samples.  

If you're going to do research, which is what PhD is all about, you'd better be competent at statistics.  To me, a worthy PhD student will find the last panel of this comic hysterical.  http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=868
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