Average Answerer's Age (among the tags answered by more than 1000 users with age filled)

White-bearded aqsaqals of age 33, who have mastered the principles of agile development, use old-school technologies like VB6, COM and Oracle.

Kids of age 28 prefer css, div-based design of their wordpress blogs using php and jquery.


We could make a horoscope!

When a user logs in, show them the tags corresponding to their current age.

Something along the lines of:

Today is a good day for parameters, tutorials and bash. Framework can surprise you. Beware of collections and learning.

  • 3
    People of age 28 are not kids.
    – kennytm
    May 31, 2010 at 17:09
  • 2
    @KennyTM: I knew that white-bearded 33 year olds will meet no objections!
    – Quassnoi
    May 31, 2010 at 17:26
  • To those voting to close: we've had well-received "Here's a query that presents some interesting statistics" posts to meta in the past. Is this a general claim that these type questions are not good, or a complaint about this on in particular? May 31, 2010 at 17:51
  • @Kenny: Depends on the 28 year old. It really does. May 31, 2010 at 17:52
  • @dmckee: In general? I don't know. I do think shoehorning discussion into the engine for Meta has issues... but this particular question just seemed a bit much. That said, I did bookmark for upvoting later when I get more votes.
    – Gnome
    May 31, 2010 at 18:56
  • @The Cat: meta is, at least in part, for discussion. Certainly the SOFU engine is not optimal for it, but we use it anyway. Presumably on a "eating your own dogfood" basis. May 31, 2010 at 20:08

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Do me do me do me!

Ohh php is 29. I'm under age.


First row and highest age: tag=agile, average_age=33.81, answer_count=1115

Whoda thunk the average oldest users are the most agile?


Not interesting without the standard deviation for each tag as well. Otherwise the lesson isn't clear...but I'm betting on "There isn't any significant age variation among the popular tags".

I take it back. Standard deviations in the 9ish range on populations of 1000+ means standard deviations of the means around 0.3. There is is statistically significant difference between the limiting cases.


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