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View Diary: Let's Stop Inflating Crowd Estimates, Eh? (A Lesson from the Climate Change Rally) (70 comments)

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  •  Yeah, I was reading some comments on msnbc... (5+ / 0-)

    And right-wingers were bashing the crowd estimates already!

    It's hard to refute them properly unless our numbers are indeed accurate.

    I'd rather see a lower number that I can cite a proper source for than a vague estimate that can't be properly backed up...

    •  There is no way to get accurate numbers.. (7+ / 0-)

      and what's more,  there is absolutely no evidence that overcounts or undercounts actually influence anybody.

      I also don't care what Teabagger trolls post anywhere.

      •  We don't need to be 100% accurate, just reasonably (4+ / 0-)

        close. And there are plenty of ways to do that. Actually count people, like the diarist did. Estimates from aerial shots or general crowd footage, etc. (I realize not all of this is possible when an event is underway, rather than after the fact.)

        Miscounting is okay because there's no evidence it influences anyone? Sorry, but wrong data is wrong data, wherever it occurs. When we're trying to use the numbers for political purposes, it's reasonable to put some minor effort into it and not just say "oh, nobody cares if the numbers are right!" That's not a good mindset for pushing scientific views.

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