Last week I solicited your feedback via a quick survey. Today I’m sharing the aggregated, non-identifiable information with you. It should give us a better picture of this community.
(Note: I’m copy-pasting charts from Google Forms, but pie charts are clearly a poor choice for visualization in most cases. I might get around to manually redo the images by importing the raw data in a Jupyter notebook.)
Q: What is your Age?
- (23.2%) 60-69
- (17.9%) 50-59
- (16.1%) 40-49
- (10.7%) 70+
- (8.9%) 35-39
- (8.9%) 25-29
- (7.1%) 30-34
- (5.4%) 18-24
- (1.8%) 14-17
Q: Where do you live?
57.1% of respondents are from the USA. About a quarter from Europe. Other regions have a significantly smaller share.
Q: Do you have a university degree?
Q:What is/was the main topic of your undegraduate studies?
Q: What’s your current job?
The top responses were:
- (30.4%) Retired
- (26.8%) Related to math, but not a mathematician
- (10.7%) No relation to mathematics
- (9%) Mathematics teacher or professor
Q: Have you ever published a math related paper in a peer reviewed publication?
Q: What’s your primarily favorite area of mathematics?
The pie chart was an abomination, so top 5 below. 🙂
- (23.2%) Algebra and Number Theory
- (21.4%) Applied Mathematics
- (21.4%) Statistics and Probability
- (12.5%) Computational Mathematics
- (5.4%) Analysis
Q: How satisfied are you with the following aspects of Math Blog’s posts?
The take home lesson is that we should increase frequency, and a bit variety. (And perhaps introduce some more elementary math content as well.)
Q: What kind of content would you like to see more of?
- (64.3%) Book reviews
- (64.3%) Overviews of mathematical concepts
- (51.8%) Math history
- (44.6%) Tutorials
- (42.9%) Math news
(The question allowed multiple choices.)
Q: What level of mathematics are you mostly interested in reading about on Math Blog?
Some of the questions were open and harder to summarize, but I feel this survey provided me with ample feedback. I thank everyone of you who participated in it.
I would also like to thank people who expressed a desire to contribute to the site as authors. I’ll reach out to each of you individually very soon. Thank you.