HI Remek, I’m glad you accepted the offer, because I think this project will get overwhelming to complete in 8 days if we don’t start with some sort of “semi-complete” rough draft to modify.
I’ll take care of it tonight. I should warn y’all that it’s not going to be incredibly ambitious: it will follow the outline I presented very closely. Xeno, Remek, XL, and others can modify it to make it more useful.
Frankly, Remek, I didn’t think your last effort (the original survey) was all that problematic. The main downside was insufficient forethought re: data analysis. What I’m looking forward to doing is seeing how total hours on various exercises, among other things, combine to predict outcome. For example, with hanging I’m curious whether highest weight regularly hung makes an independent contribution to total gains, over and above the contribution of total time hanging. The two variables are confounded in many guys’ individual PE histories.
When I read Hobby’s complaints about Remek’s first survey, I got the impression that Hobby doesn’t think a survey of any kind will be worthwhile, since everyone’s PE program is drastically different and idiosyncratic and we will be able to measure only some very rough indicators of what the program has looked like — never a complete picture. That’s certainly a defensible viewpoint — he and I both agree that epidemiological studies in medicine suffer from some similar problems — but I still think we may be able to learn something from the survey if we do it a bit better than last time.