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Living in Washington State, as compared to living in New York State.

This episode's segment compares the themes arising from a survey among Mechanical Turk workers who live in Washington State, versus those who live in New York.

Here are some screenshots from the analysis. The most frequent and overrepresented words in each response are listed in descending order from left to right along the horizontal axis of the charts, while the degree each word is overprepresented (and therefore particular to the question in the group) is depicted along the vertical access (the taller the bar, the more particular a word is to the question). Bars that exceed the chart height are found at rates that exceed 100 times their typical use in everyday English.

There are more themes in the data than are depicted in these screenshots.

On the attitude for this survey.

This survey analysis results from a quantitative phenomenology utilizing Raven's Eye. Our attitude is one that seeks to:

  • reliably and validly understand people's thoughts, and
  • create model statements that reproduce both the most popular themes in those thoughts, and the ways that participants express them.
What results are plain English statements that express the thoughts of the participants, in the way that they are ordered and structed by the participants themselves.

On the horizons of this survey.
Any survey's results must be interpreted within the context in which is was created and analyzed. Our survey asked Mechanical Turk workers located in New York and Washington States what they thought about living in their respective state. We received 90 responses from New York state, and 86 responses from Washington state. We asked both samples to answer in their own words over the course of 2-3 sentences, what is is that they liked most about living in their part of their state. We then asked them to explain—again, over 2-3 sentences—what is is that they most disliked about living in their part of their state.

As with convenience samples in general, we should be cautious about extending the results of this survey to those beyond the group surveyed. However, by our estimates, our sample likely includes approximately 43% of the total population of Mechanical Turk workers available in Washington State during the time that the survey was available.

The cut-off threshold that we used for our analysis makes it such that our confidence in the durability of our results exceeds the total population of Mechanical Turk workers in Washington State. We are, therefore, quite confident that our results can be generally applied to this population, at least at this point in history.

We'll add links to more information on this topic, and the procedures that we used to come to our results shortly.

Living in Washington State.

What do you most like about living in your part of Washington State?

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The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in Washington in response to being asked what they like about living in Washington state included: mountains, beautiful, weather, close, nature. City was frequently mentioned by this sample, but unlike in the New York mechanical Turk workers, among Washington Mechanical Turk workers, this concept did not reach the threshold established for inclusion in this report.

What do you most dislike about living in your part of Washington State?

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The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in Washington in response to being asked what they dislike about living in Washington state included: people, traffic, homeless, rain, crime, and cost of living.

Living in New York State.

What do you most like about living in your part of New York?

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The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in New York in response to being asked what they like about living in New York State included: people, city, always, food, and different.

What do you most dislike about living in your part of New York?

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The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in New York in response to being asked what they dislike about living in New York State included: people, very expensive, high cost of living, taxes, winters, and cold weather.

Why do you think some themes, like people and cost of living, might shared across the geographically separate groups? What locally similar places or peoples might they have in common? Why do you think some themes differ? Why would traffic be a dislike in Washington, but not nearly so in New York (indeed, further down in the responses to what New Yorkers like about living in their part of their state is the transportation system). What might cause Mechanical Turk workers in Washington to like the weather, but dislike the rain? What does it mean to live in a place where the weather is nice, but the rain isn’t? Are like and dislike then not mutually exclusive? Is cost of living a concern in both places generally, or is it a worldview particular to Mechanical Turk workers?

All of these questions can be further investigated, with the method and software used in this survey, or some alternative method. They do, however, reveal the habit-begot differences in doxa between Mechanical Turk workers in New York and Washington state.

We’ll add listener survey information as the pool of respondents grows. If you’re interested in participating in a future survey, check out the survey page of this website, or create a Mechanical Turk worker account and get a chance to get paid for your response.

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