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Topic: OT: Another small sample study - deer do prefer to poop (44 lines)
1) From: Jim Gundlach
This is WAY off topic but since it is a direct spin-off from the small  
sample discussion on this list I thought I would go ahead and post it  
here.
Background:  I have a path that I take the dogs on a walk almost every  
morning that is about 6,032 feet round trip.  Slightly more than half  
of the path follows a 20 foot wide newly paved road that dead ends at  
an 80 foot diameter paved turn-around.   The road is for a new  
development that has not gotten off the ground and over the past two  
years I have only seen three cars on the road while I was walking.   
During this time I have noticed that the deer poop that shows up on  
the road clearly tend to be clustered toward the center of the road.   
When the remnants of Fay arrived, stayed a while, and finally moved on  
she left well over a foot of rain here and washed all the old deer  
poop off the road.
Today:  Thinking about the small sample issue, I decided to collect  
data when I took the dogs on our daily walk.   I took a tape measure  
and measured the distance from the center of the road for each of the  
sixteen instances of deer poop deposited since Fay did her cleaning  
job.  I then classified those within five feet as in the middle half,  
or center, and those between five feet and ten feet as on the outside  
half.  Final count is three on the outside and thirteen in the  
middle.  And two of the three I classified as outside were actually on  
the five foot line but were more on the outside than inside.  I  
calculated a binomial test for the center count being higher than 50%  
and got  p=.0021, statistically significant with an n of only 16.  I  
am now confident, using a statistician's equivalent of beyond a  
reasonable doubt, that deer do indeed prefer to poop in the middle of  
the road.  Why do deer prefer to poop in the middle of the road?   
Rather than fill the list more of an OT thread, anyone interested in  
my thinking can send me a reply email and I will reply individually  
with my theory of why I think deer prefer to poop in the middle of the  
road.
       pecan jim  in La Place, which is no longer an official place,  
Alabama.
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