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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 4:08PM Dril said

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Sample size too small to provide an adequate cross-section of society and thus the results are unreliable.

Yeah, I know it's a downer comment, but any analysis armchair economists will draw won't be relevant at all because the study is simply invalid.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 4:24PM smartstep said

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@Dril

Very much agreed.
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 8:22PM Issmir said

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@Dril

Exactly what I thought.
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 9:05PM (Unverified) said

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@Dril

Sample size of 500 is plenty large enough if the demographics are chosen properly. If you just pick 500 people at random walking down the street, the results are usually off but if you choose 500 people broken down by age, sex, income level, whatever you can get a pretty decent sampling reflective of the general gaming population for a particular game.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 4:15AM bobfish said

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@Dril It is an irrelevant stat anyways, what is important is 180 million players and $5.8 billion revenue.

Who cares how many pay when there are so many players and so much money floating around the market.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 4:16AM smartstep said

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No it is not. Especially for as big country as China which are much more diverse by region that most people in west know.

At least that what college told me when I had a course of 'statistics and demography' (very rough translation of course name to english)...
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 8:28AM Vladeon said

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LOL 500 people sample size for a country of billions?
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 9:46AM (Unverified) said

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@Vladeon

Billions? The survey is of gamers not the general population. 180 million players with a sample size of 500. Most polls don't take a gigantic sample they break it down my demographics and for a survey like this where it boils down to "do you " or "don't you" you can still get a respectable sample with that low of a number.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 10:00AM Vladeon said

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The confidence level for this is about +- 6%, when you're dealing with data that suggests 90% of the population says yes while 10% says no, that's not as important. It's when you get around the mid level that it's significant. It's the difference between 58% and 70% in this case. That's unacceptable for scholarly studies.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 1:22PM NeverDeath said

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@Dril

LOL, oh man. 500 people to determine all gamers in the largest country in the world? People are just getting too stupid on this planet. Back to the lab where I hope to find success creating a strain of bacteria that afflicts people with lesser brain activity and destroys them. /boggle.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 4:14PM (Unverified) said

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@Vladeon

Not sure where you are getting your figures, did you find a link with more data? From the source and this article we are not given any confidence intervals or deviations. The 500 sample rate is sufficient to assume a normal distribution and if we treat this as a proportional statistic then with the given data then I'm showing +/- 0.042 at 95% confidence or +/- 0.035 at 90% confidence.

Also I'm not sure how you are inferring the spread as being acceptable or non-acceptable. There is no hard or fast rule in regards to acceptable spread in scholarly work as it can vary greatly with the subject manner.
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 4:12PM Mikkhail said

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Nice stock photo :)

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 4:22PM Ref Minor said

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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 4:23PM Ref Minor said

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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 4:24PM Chiren said

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Wonder what the numbers for US are. I'd think they are similar.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 4:34PM Infurn said

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I want those pastries.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 4:46PM Greymantle said

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The other 36% are farming gold? :P

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 5:01PM Traptz said

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Report: Information nobody gives a shit about.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 5:31PM (Unverified) said

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@Traptz

No, I'd imagine many people actually do give a sh*t about statistical information pertaining to a $5.8 billion market with around 180 million current customers.The level of anti-Asian bitterness that comes out on these forums can be tiring at times...
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 5:47PM Rhazes said

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Like 3 billion of them and they could only find 500 to poll?

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