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Page: Basic information
1. Are you currently a student, i.e., are you pursuing a degree from an academic institution (Ph.D. degrees are included)?
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Yes
71.8%56
No
28.2%22

2. What level of education are you currently pursuing? If you are not currently a student, what is the highest level of education that you have completed?
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Primary school (upto grade 5 or equivalent)
2.6%2
Middle school (grades 6-8 or equivalent)
2.6%2
High school (grades 9-12 or equivalent)
15.6%12
Undergraduate institution/Bachelor's degree
33.8%26
Master's degree (not part of a Ph.D.)
15.6%12
Professional degree (such as Business, Law) 0.0%0
Ph.D.
29.9%23

3. Which of these resources do you use frequently to resolve doubts/questions in mathematics? (please select the appropriate column option)
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Reference sites available on the World Wide Web.3.9% (3)30.3% (23)65.8% (50)2.6276
Course materials available on the World Wide Web.12.2% (9)55.4% (41)32.4% (24)2.2074
Discussion forums where specific questions can be posed and answered.22.4% (17)46.1% (35)31.6% (24)2.0976
Textbooks (print or electronic)2.7% (2)20.0% (15)77.3% (58)2.7575
People26.7% (20)34.7% (26)38.7% (29)2.1275

Page: Websites for mathematics
1. Which of these websites have you heard of/used for mathematical reference information on the Internet? (These are all reference sites; other kinds of websites are covered in subsequent questions).
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 Not heard of itHeard of it, not used itHeard of it, used it occasionallyHeard of it, used it oftenRating
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Wikipedia: http://www.wikipedia.org0.0% (0)1.5% (1)20.9% (14)77.6% (52)3.7667
Planetmath: http://planetmath.org10.6% (7)25.8% (17)60.6% (40)3.0% (2)2.5666
Mathworld: http://mathworld.wolfram.com7.6% (5)21.2% (14)48.5% (32)22.7% (15)2.8666
Springer Online Reference Works Encyclopedia of Mathematics: http://eom.springer.de52.9% (36)17.6% (12)23.5% (16)5.9% (4)1.8268
Tricki: http://www.tricki.org57.6% (38)34.8% (23)7.6% (5)0.0% (0)1.5066
nLab: http://ncatlab.org53.8% (35)27.7% (18)13.8% (9)4.6% (3)1.6965
Other factual reference resources you've heard of/used (please specify)
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2. Which of these computational aid websites have you heard of/used in connection with mathematics?
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OEIS: http://www.oeis.org57.6% (38)13.6% (9)19.7% (13)9.1% (6)1.8066
Wolfram Alpha: http://www.wolframalpha.com12.1% (8)34.8% (23)39.4% (26)13.6% (9)2.5566
Sage NB: http://www.sagenb.org65.2% (43)19.7% (13)13.6% (9)1.5% (1)1.5266
Other computational aid website you've heard of/used
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3. Which of these discussion forum websites have you heard of/used in connection with mathematics?
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Math Overflow: http://mathoverflow.net29.9% (20)13.4% (9)29.9% (20)26.9% (18)2.5467
Math Forum: http://mathforum.org (includes Ask Dr. Math)18.8% (12)45.3% (29)34.4% (22)1.6% (1)2.1964
Art of Problem Solving: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com25.8% (17)37.9% (25)22.7% (15)13.6% (9)2.2466
NRICH: http://www.nrich.org66.2% (43)24.6% (16)9.2% (6)0.0% (0)1.4365
Other computational aid website you've heard of/used
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Page: Use of reference sites
1. Which of these are you more likely to do when looking up information on the Internet?
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Go directly to a reference site and search for/navigate for information within that.
34.0%17
Search using a general purpose or special-purpose web search engine.
66.0%33
Other (please specify) 0.0%0

2. For what kinds of lookup purposes are you likely to use reference sites on the Internet?
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The definition of a term you encounter in a book, journal article, lecture, or conversation.2.0% (1)32.0% (16)66.0% (33)2.6450
The statement of a fact or theorem that you remember by name or in part.4.0% (2)46.0% (23)50.0% (25)2.4650
The proof of a theorem or statement that you already know.16.3% (8)55.1% (27)28.6% (14)2.1249
More general information on ideas you have recently encountered, even though you have no specific doubt.6.1% (3)40.8% (20)53.1% (26)2.4749

3. Which of these general purposes do you use reference sites for in mathematics?
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Understanding material taught in classes.27.7% (13)51.1% (24)21.3% (10)1.9447
Obtaining solutions or solution hints to homework problems.38.3% (18)51.1% (24)10.6% (5)1.7247
Getting ideas for research or exploration.21.3% (10)42.6% (20)36.2% (17)2.1547
Preparing material to teach a class or explain to others.39.1% (18)37.0% (17)23.9% (11)1.8546

4. If you have used Wikipedia in the past for mathematics reference, what is your opinion about the comprehensiveness and reliability of Wikipedia entries? Please give specific examples if you have any in mind.
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5. If you have used Planetmath or Mathworld in the past, how do you find these to compare to Wikipedia? Also, how would you compare the future prospects for these compared to Wikipedia? Are these improving at a slower or faster rate than Wikipedia? Please give specific examples of entries if you have any in mind.
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6. If you have used the Tricki (http://www.tricki.org) in the past, what do you think about it, both in terms of current state and future score?
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7. Enter here any comments you have about other online mathematics reference sites that you have used (such as the Springer Encyclopedia of Mathematics, nLab, ProofWiki, the Groupprops subject wiki, the Dispersive Wiki, etc.)
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Page: Math Overflow
1. If you have used Math Overflow as an active participant (i.e., have an account that you use to ask and answer questions, vote, or make comments) which of the following types of situations is likely to make you consider asking a question on Math Overflow?
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A simple factual question that should probably be a lemma or exercise in a specialized book but that you're not able to locate easily.
16.7%5
A question based on simple ideas that you think may have been considered by somebody before, but may not be part of a textbook.
43.3%13
A conceptual analogy/correlation/similarity/difference/transfer of knowledge question that probably does not have a precise answer.
20.0%6
A request for names of terms or references for proof details and more in-depth coverage of a topic.
13.3%4
A metamathematical or philosophical question or a question about mathematical practice.
6.7%2
Others (please specify)
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