What does Mick (house-husband extraordinaire) do at home all day whilst I’m at work? This week he was multi-tasking; not only was he supervising the installation of a new heating system, but he was also playing with the limited data about TGO Challenge participants that is available from the initial set of Event Details.
Proudly, at the end of each day he showed me the fruits of his spreadsheeting labours. For those who thought that no-one is more obsessed than me with spreadsheets and graphs, let me disabuse you of that notion by sharing with you what he produced.
This first one shows that sixty-two is the most popular age at which to take part in the Challenge and that not so many 22-year-olds have the time or inclination to join in. And, yes, there is one 90-year-old on the list.
Age is across the bottom, number of participants up the side.
Reducing that down to show the same age data but by decade, we can see that there’s a representation for every decade from teens through to nineties, but that more participants are in their sixties than in any other decade of their lives.
Decades across the bottom, number of participants up the side
Next off he looked at how many previous crossings people had completed. Almost a third of the population are first-timers, forty have two crossings under their belts, and one has 30 crossings to his name:
Number of crossings across the bottom, number of people up the side
You’d like to think that he stopped there, but no. There’s more…
Here’s the total number of crossings for each age (why? Probably best not to ask), showing that either one 58-year-old has completed 85 crossings, that 85 fifty-eight-year-olds have completed one crossing, or something…
Age across the bottom, total number of crossings up the side
What about where people are coming from? It’s the obvious next question, isn’t it?
Countries along the bottom, number of participants up the side
Enough of bar charts? Let’s have the one above represented by way of a pie chart then!
Are you starting to get the idea that Mick may have been a little bit lacking in interesting things to do whilst stuck in the house all day?
Last one – because there’s only so many charts and graphs you can come up with based on three pieces of information. This one is the average age by country (which is right up there with ‘Crossings vs Age’ for being statistically meaningless):
So, there you go. I’m sure that everyone who got to the bottom of this post feels thoroughly edified now.
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