Geekspeak: March 11, 2002

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-03-11 Print this article Print

The state of our stats.

Ok, we admit it: our own eWeek online polls omit a crucial datum by not showing the number of responses from which the percentage scores are calculated.

Review our more mature data sets at And if youre not sure how to estimate the uncertainty that you should attach to your own statistics, check out the STATS (for Steves Attempt to Teach Statistics) page at

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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