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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,100 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 44 posts. There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 234kb.

The busiest day of the year was January 15th with 101 views. The most popular post that day was Voters’ Choices in SWS ‘Presidentiables’ Survey.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for income distribution in the philippines, philippine income classes, socio economic classification philippines, income class philippines, and distribution of income in the philippines.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Voters’ Choices in SWS ‘Presidentiables’ Survey January 2010


3 ways of looking at the income distribution of the Philippines -2006 updates August 2007


Murphy’s Law and the Voter Interface of the Automated Election System February 2010


Manual Counting in May 10 Automated Elections? July 2009


Most Common Family Planning Methods: Pills and Withdrawal June 2009

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Noynoy Aquino – SWS Survey 5-6 September 2009

Here are some of my notes on this survey.  I don’t question how the interviews were accomplished in 2 days and processing in a couple more days.  SWS has been in this business long enough to carry out sound operations in a jiffy. Perhaps if its accuracy is an issue and need to be proven, Senator Noynoy can motor to these key areas as part of a thanksgiving trip to the people who condoled with his family but could not come to Manila and gauge the public support/acclaim.  Anyone could question my notes but I put these up for discussion purposes.

For all you know, these may be valid observations.  I compared the NCR results from the Serge Osmena commissioned survey of September 5-6 with the Pulse Asia survey of May 4-17.  These have similarities: same area, same sample size of 300, similar questions:

SWS (September 5-6)

Among the names found in this list, who will you probably vote for as President of the Philippines if elections were held today? [Aquino, Villar, Estrada, Escudero, De Castro]?

Pulse Asia (May 4-17)

Of the people in this list, whom would you vote for the President of the Philippines if the election were held today and they were Presidential candidates? [Villar, Estrada, Escudero, De Castro, Roxas, …and Legarda, Binay, Lacson, and others who got 0 or 1 percent]

Comparative NCR Results (in percent):   September 5-6 ***** May 4-17

AQUINO —> 50 ***** 0

VILLAR —> 14 ***** 14

ESTRADA —> 15 ***** 13

ESCUDERO —> 14 ***** 26

DE CASTRO —> 5 ***** 15

ROXAS —> 0 ***** 7

OTHERS —> 0 ***** 24

DON’T KNOW/NONE —> 2 ***** 2

If my premises can be accepted as valid/passable. AQUINO got his votes from ESCUDERO [12], DE CASTRO [10], and ROXAS [7], and the others [24].  Estrada got more [2].  Assigning the votes to AQUINO from the others in the May list (such as Legarda, Binay, Lacson ..and excluded in the September list) may be questionable but then if the respondent felt strongly for them, s/he could have refused or answered NONE from among the September list of 5 names. 

By the way, the SWS survey of June 19-22, where VILLAR got 33 percent, had a larger sample of 7 thousand but a differently formulated question

Under the present Constitution, the term of Pres. Arroyo is up to 2010 only, and there will be an election for a new President in May 2010. Who do you think are good leaders who should succeed Pres. Arroyo as President? You may give up to 3 names……[and there was no list of names to prompt the respondents.]

My opinion.

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