I was doing some research on collective intelligence and I wanted to do some experimenting on my own. The way I wanted to experiment was to have a jar of jelly and ask people to guess how many they thought were in the jar. According to what I've read, most guesses will be off the mark, but the average of all the guesses should be pretty close to the actual number. I took some surveys of my family and friends on paper and got some surprising results, but I want to scale this up.
I was thinking I could make a program ,upload it to OpenProcessing.org , and have it simulate a jar of jelly beans and ask the users how many there are and then store that value, the number of beans will be constant for obv. reasons; this is the easy part. I then want that program to somehow send that guess to my email, or put it up on a twitter account or anywhere where I can access it without letting the other guessers see.
So my question is, how can I do this? Whats the most user-friendly/effective library I can use to get this done?
Haha you're right, maybe i should try with my friends first. Although my end goal is to have hundreds of people try and guess; checking that many emails, not to mention putting my email out in public would be very painstaking. Besides I love to learn how to do this because I'm sure I will have to learn it some time or the other.
You can create an e-mail account dedicated to this purpose. And it was you asking to send an e-mail, so you have to check them out anyway. Idem for a Twitter account, you will have to check the answers there. And the answers on the Twitter account will be public, no? Perhaps a more effective way is to set up the applet on a server allowing, say, PHP scripts. The applet can call an URL on the server, say http://someserver.com/mirtunio/experiment.php?count=25 Then the PHP script will get the parameter (and potentially some others, like age category, gender, whatever) and add it to your stats on this server. Thus the values will be automatically updated.
I think ill leave out the server idea it sounds a little bit too complicated. And yes ofcourse the twitter will be public how did i not realize that! Im currently having my finals so i guess Ill start coding the applet i about a month and hopefully ill get some interesting results!
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