Welcome to Really Simple Surveys (RSS), the younger sibling of Really Simple Statistics. There are lots of places online where you can ponder over the minute details of complicated survey designs but very few places that make survey design quickly understandable to everyone. I won’t explain exceptions to the rule or special cases here. Let’s just get comfortable with the fundamentals.
What is a female
As defined in the most esteemed wikipedia, female is the sex of an organism which produces non-mobile ova. And, according to dictionary.com, it is an adjective to represent pertaining to being a female animal or plant.
And to illustrate, here are the female names of a few common animals.
What does this have to do with surveys?
Well, let’s think about the very first question appearing in most surveys.
Are you a male or a female?
It always makes me say – am I a female what? A female frog? A female elephant? Now do you feel like correcting that question? How about we simply change it to:
Are you a man or a woman?
It seems like a little thing, but when you add up all the little things over a long survey, what you really have is a very long, very badly written survey. This is one error you don’t need to make.