Enough people have participated in the previous survey about falling that it may be possible to find out something about them statistically speaking.

The median of the distribution in the previous poll is about 1 fall in 5 ski days, so I'm going to ask people to split themselves up into two categories: (a) those that said they fall once in 10, 20, 50, or 100 ski days; and (b) those that said they fall once in 2 days or more frequently. To try to get a good separation these two groups, I'm going to ask that people on border of these two groups (ie, that checked the box, "one fall every 5 days") not to participate in either of the two follow up surveys.

Because of the limited capabilities of "polls" using the EpicSki software, I have to post separate polls for the frequent and infrequent fallers, and ask that people be on the honor system and only participate in one of these two follow-up polls.

One final point: Given the never ending discussion of what is a true expert, what separates an expert from an advanced skier, etc., I'm going to try to define the top end of skiers arbitrarily and pragmatically:

"true expert" - in the top few percent of all skiers in the world.

"recreational expert" - in the top few percent of all skiers out on your mountain on a busy day.

"advanced" - in the top 10% of all skiers out on your mountain on a busy day.

Have fun & thanks for your participation. This should be interesting.

Tom / PM

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IMPORTANT

CONTINUE ONLY IF YOU ARE IN THE FREQUENT FALLER CATEGORY

If you put yourself in the infrequent faller category in the previous poll (as defined above), don't fill out this form - please use the survey for infrequent fallers .

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PS - I inadvertently set up these two polls such that it will be impossible for people in one category to view the poll results for the other category without voting in it, and I can't seem to change this option after the fact. Please restrain yourself and don't cast a dummy vote just to view the results - it will mess up the count. I'll post the results in a day or two, after the voting tapers off.

[ April 18, 2003, 10:38 AM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]

The median of the distribution in the previous poll is about 1 fall in 5 ski days, so I'm going to ask people to split themselves up into two categories: (a) those that said they fall once in 10, 20, 50, or 100 ski days; and (b) those that said they fall once in 2 days or more frequently. To try to get a good separation these two groups, I'm going to ask that people on border of these two groups (ie, that checked the box, "one fall every 5 days") not to participate in either of the two follow up surveys.

Because of the limited capabilities of "polls" using the EpicSki software, I have to post separate polls for the frequent and infrequent fallers, and ask that people be on the honor system and only participate in one of these two follow-up polls.

One final point: Given the never ending discussion of what is a true expert, what separates an expert from an advanced skier, etc., I'm going to try to define the top end of skiers arbitrarily and pragmatically:

"true expert" - in the top few percent of all skiers in the world.

"recreational expert" - in the top few percent of all skiers out on your mountain on a busy day.

"advanced" - in the top 10% of all skiers out on your mountain on a busy day.

Have fun & thanks for your participation. This should be interesting.

Tom / PM

============================================

IMPORTANT

CONTINUE ONLY IF YOU ARE IN THE FREQUENT FALLER CATEGORY

If you put yourself in the infrequent faller category in the previous poll (as defined above), don't fill out this form - please use the survey for infrequent fallers .

============================================

PS - I inadvertently set up these two polls such that it will be impossible for people in one category to view the poll results for the other category without voting in it, and I can't seem to change this option after the fact. Please restrain yourself and don't cast a dummy vote just to view the results - it will mess up the count. I'll post the results in a day or two, after the voting tapers off.

[ April 18, 2003, 10:38 AM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]