How to tally audience voting?
January 23, 2014 8:46 AM Subscribe
You've got an audience of 350 people. They've just heard two poems recited on stage. You want to know which one they like best. How do you do it?
Applause volume is the usual solution, but it's pretty imprecise. Another way to go is something more visual, like: Stand up if you like poem A. But even that could be hard to tally, if the vote is close. And actually counting takes too much time. Plus, you're asking your audience to stand up -- and what of the elderly, or those in wheelchairs? Phone voting is another solution, but not everyone has a smart phone. Is there some superclever statistical way to handle this? Thoughts?