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3 thoughts on “Species Popularity vs Age: interactive visualization

  1. Curious – why was the decision made to lump all wolves together, but not all foxes? If you’re going to break one into its subspecies, you ought to break out both.

    1. AMT – I’ve passed the question on to Makyo, who framed the survey, to see if she has anything specific to add.

      I know that the species question is a really complex one, not least because a significant number of furries identify as an imaginary animal – dragons for example – and because some furries identify with animals at varying levels of the scientific classification – like different breeds of dogs (canis lupus familiaris, a subspecies of canis lupus).

      Having said that, my understanding is that the different foxes are indeed different species, the red fox being vulpes vulpes, fennec fox vulpes zerda, and so forth. So all the different types of foxes are indeed at the same level as wolves (canis lupus) – species.

    2. Hi AMT! Thanks for the question. I think the best answer that I can provide is that the species question on the survey has remained basically unchanged since 2008. Originally, this was done to provide a sense of longitude to surveys – that’s why the survey remained basically unchanged from 2008-2013, providing us 5 years of longitudinal data. With the 2015 survey, we changed things up quite a bit, but the species question remained basically unchanged (minus the ability to create multiple characters). I think that this is something I’d really like to change in the 2016 survey when it comes out. Keep an eye out, and I hope that you’ll take it when you get the chance. The species question should be designed much better.

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