• Anonymous

    I did a search yesterday on ’causes of cancer’ and the results were pretty much as you’d expect. EVERYTHING causes cancer.
    If you’re going to criticize Google for allowing ‘anyone’ to take an opinion poll, perhaps you should judge EVERYONE for their bias and assumptions in every single publication ever written.

    Scientists have no idea what causes cancer, but release new so called ‘findings’ daily. Educated people know these polls along with other polls and studies are not accurate. Saying Googles platform has some inherent weakness other methods don’t doesn’t really sit well with me.

  • http://www.brosix.com/ Brosix

    I think this could be a good way to get general information, but should probably be taken with a grain of salt.

  • http://myindigolives.wordpress.com/ Ellie K

    I wish that “scientists” or rather, the scientific press WOULDN’T release so many new findings so frequently. It overwhelms me. I don’t know enough to determine what is significant, what is noise. I was a statistician for a Dept of Health Services for a large state in the U.S., father and uncle are M.D.’s, yet I still feel this way! These aren’t problems in research necessarily. But how to tell what is a preliminary finding versus final (and in many fields of medicine)? That’s to much to expect from a few overworked science journalists.

  • http://myindigolives.wordpress.com/ Ellie K

    Is this a good thing, for Google to encourage anyone, everyone to do surveys? No, not really. Or better, they shouldn’t describe them as scientific surveys. Those were Google’s words, not @dannysullivan:twitter ‘s. 
    Surveys aren’t easy to do correctly. I worked as a statistician for 15 years, mostly with IBM storage and later, financial regulation & fraud detection. I never did a survey though. I was assigned to do one recently, for a state health dept. I thought it would be easy. I was wrong. The subject matter was basic, customer service and delivery timeliness. It wasn’t complicated statistically, but there were many practical things: How to phrase questions, order to ask them, which responses should be excluded and why. I needed guidance from my co-workers with experience in writing survey questions, how they flowed, even help interpreting the results! I’m doubtful about the Google survey product, it might be good for some, but a waste of time for others.