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All's Fair in Love and Data…Or Is It?

Submitted by Maxima Gomez-Palmer from Victor J. Andrew High School in Illinois.

I am completely enthralled with psychology and data analysis. During the quarantine, as well as basically any day with good weather, I go outside and write a short survey on my sidewalk with chalk. It’s usually something like “How are you doing today?” or “How happy are you on a scale of 1-5?” Why do I do it? It’s very entertaining to see how different people react to my messages. Some completely ignore them, while others take the time to stop and carefully read what I have to say.

However, over the years, I have realized that chalk surveys aren’t the best way to get data. There can be a huge margin of error! Some just write random things without even reading the question, and others put 5+ different responses to mess with the data. That’s why I made an online survey about the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m really excited to see what sorts of correlations reveal themselves from the responses. Anyone ages 10+ can take it, and it’s 100% anonymous! I need your help so that more connections can be made with the data.

As of today, I have received 80 responses. One interesting result I’ve gotten from the survey is it appears teens are more optimistic about the future than adults! As the pandemic has progressed, people have become more creative. This survey is the product of my creativity and will help all of us understand society more clearly. So please, take it!

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