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Chris Lightfoot's quiz

I prefer this one to the other one, even if the questions are now a bit dated.


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Jan. 22nd, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
Ooh, I prefer this one too. Lovely lovely graphs and statistics.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
Crime and punishment, internationalism

Your position on this axis is -6.7
You are likely to be very internationalist and rehabilitationist.

Economics, etc

Your position on this axis is -1.0
You are likely to be slightly socialist and anti-war.

- I must confess to being slightly surprised that I only came out as slightly socialist, but it comes as no surprise at all to learn that 95+% of the population are more right-wing than I am!
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
Pretty much where you are on the X, just on the other side of the line on the Y.

Interesting quiz as a concept, but I must say that linking (e.g.) "free market" and "pro-war" or "rehabilitation" and "internationalist" renders it effectively useless. Those correlations might well be frequent as a practical matter, but are hardly necessary. (I am fairly free market but very anti-war, whereas someone like Jim Henley would be if anything even more anti-war than I, but also much more strongly free market. And so on.)

-- Mrs Tilton
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
I think these associations emerged from factor analysis: that is, those opinions are most likely to converge, and explain maximum variance.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Chris Lightfoot explained the methodology in this post.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, yes, that was the kind of thing I meant. We used to do various sorts of clustering when I was a researcher. I have always found it fascinating to see how patterns emerge from data. First you do the analysis which is very rigidly defined, then you have to interpret the results which is more intuitive and expressionist: finding a term (like 'neocon') which encapsulates the factors which are being combined, in a way that the audience can grasp easily. Anyway, I like this style of mapping. Shame it's generally used to support marketing nonsense in the real world.

ETA - and sorry to hear the man has gone, it was a good piece of work

Edited at 2009-01-22 03:01 pm (UTC)
Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I apologise if the British electorate are unsatisfactory. Please be advised that we do not at this time offer exchanges or refunds.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
Can't take the quiz, as there's no Northern Irish Parties listed...
Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
All the questions are optional. You can still take the test.

Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
I'm amused that I'm almost exactly the same position as you are.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Perhaps we are too 'strange' to factor in...
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Hm. On the other quiz I come out four points to the left and three points downwards from the centre.

On this one - exactly in the middle!
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
I came out about a centimeter south-east of you, so to speak.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
even if the questions are now a bit dated

Chris Lightfoot, 1978–2007.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
I'm -4-4 and -0.8 (is there an intrinsic bias in that we lefties get negative figures? I assume it's because they wanted the left on the left of the graph and used normal Cartesian coordinates, but it's an interesting outcome).

Rather depressing, actually; as I suspected, the "left" in the UK barely seems to exist any more. Whether the rightward move of the Labour party in the post-Thatcher era is a reflection or cause of this is open to debate.

Still; I'm unlikely to vote in any further UK elections any more, so it's Not My Problem. Except I now live in the US, where I suspect my position would be seen by most as WAY more extreme...
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