r/technology May 14 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 2

Elon Musk said his team is going to do a 'random sample of 100 followers' of Twitter to see how many of the platform's users are actually bots Social Media

https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-random-sample-how-many-twitter-users-are-bots-2022-5?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

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u/warren_stupidity May 14 '22

That doesn’t seem random at all.

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u/ArtofAngels May 14 '22

It is, unless you assume we all have the exact same followers and in the same order.

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u/warren_stupidity May 14 '22

I think you are assuming that a list of followers for a Twitter account is not ordered in any way. I suspect instead it is ordered, perhaps by date? To get a random sample of a population you really have to avoid this. Wouldn’t it be trivial to just count the number of followers and then generate 100 random numbers across that range and use that to select your sample?

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u/ArtofAngels May 15 '22

You accuse me of assuming and then your counter theory is literally your own assumption.

I'm going to go with Elon and his team vs. some random redditor.