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Comment author: AGB 21 March 2015 07:33:25PM 2 points [-]

Why isn't the survey at least useful count data? It allows me to considerably sharpen my lower bounds on things like total donations and the number of Less Wrong EAs.

I think count data is the much more useful kind to take away even ignoring sampling bias issues, because the data in the survey is over a year old, i.e. Even if it were a representative snapshot of EA in early 2014, that snapshot would be of limited use. Whereas most counts can safely be assumed to be going up.

Comment author: Gregory_Lewis 22 March 2015 01:33:28AM 0 points [-]

I agree the survey can provide useful count data along lines of providing lower bounds. With a couple of exceptions though, I didn't find the sort of lower bounds the survey gives hugely surprising or informative - if others found them much moreso, great!