|Ihor, April, and Jim celebrating April's Average Traveler Award|
When I walk into a room full of people, I usually think of the famous birthday problem which predicts that if you have 23 people in a room there is slightly better than a 50% chance that at least 2 people will share a common birthdate (month and day only). If there are 100 people, the percentage jumps to more than 99% certainty that this will happen. With a 150 people attending I thought of a more interesting crowd sourcing activity that determines who the "average traveler" to this conference is. Basically I find out which person traveled the shortest distance from the mean distance of all the travelers. I used Google Docs forms and spreadsheet to get the data and Google Maps to display it. (The original plan was to write a Scratch program to do it and this is currently a work in progress.) The form asked each conference participant to enter their name, home or school address and distance traveled (in miles). The results appeared in the Google Docs spreadsheet. See Table 1.
|Table 1 - Top 20 finishers|
I want to thank Jim Scribner for his assistance and friendship doing this project. We discovered a mutual love of baseball that goes way back. Do you remember the Pirates lineup in the 1979 world series? We did with just a little help from Google.