10 September 2007

PyCon UK fantasy stats

 Thomas Guest (aka "the one with the freaky 70s shirt", aka "pitch Python as "high-level" language") invented statistics which look pretty accurate:

I’ve invented some statistics about the conference.

  1. 123% better attended than first predicted
  2. 72% of laptops used were apple macs
  3. 50% of keynote speakers were female
  4. 20% of conference organisers were female
  5. Less than 1% of the remaining delegates were female
  6. Sessions were 99% punctual
  7. Virgin trains to and from Bristol were 68% punctual
  8. Beautiful Code, a book I’d hoped to browse at the book-stand before buying, was 100% sold out just 10% into the conference

PyCon UK: statistics, pictures and perennial problems

I think the only one he got wrong is the first 123% (my guess is 160%+), but only Midlands guys can tell. And hey, 3 statistics about female attendance... Thomas, did you hope to pull?

I'll add my own fantasy number too:

  1. 70% couldn't pronounce WSGI (whiz-gee? whis-ge-hai? double-u-es-WTF ?).
  2. 20% of attendees were Django junkie, 20% were Turbogears supporters, 20% said a prayer to Pylons before every meal, and 40% didn't really care as long as it got the job done.
  3. 100% of available large-sized Debian t-shirts were bought in the first 10 minutes.
  4. 90% of lightning talks were cut short (people talk too much! off with their time!).
  5. 10% of lightening talks were kind-of-related-to-Python-but-not-really (I'm not complaining here, just had a couple of WTF moments).
  6. 100% of the attendants to the PyQt tutorial loved the Trolltech goodies.
  7. 100% of dinner attendants thought Jono Bacon was funny, or they were already too drunk to notice.
  8. 20% of all clapping time was reserved to John Pinner. We should raise it to 30% by law.
  9. I didn't know 85% of North-West pythonistas who showed up.
  10. 3% of attendees got a prize. One of them even renounced his prize out of sheer generosity.
  11. 15% were over-50, which means it's never too late to learn Python.
  12. 15% were under-21, which means it's never too early to learn Python.
  13. 5% were labeled "Large Type" on their badge. I suppose it's better than "Medium Unbounded Variable" or "Extra-Large Exception".
  14. 5% of presenter used lolcats in their slides.
  15. 30% were a bit uneasy eating food bought by Microsoft, and made sure it wasn't poisoned before trying it. (MS geeks were awesome anyway.)

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