Virtual Questionnaires

Tasks for those with a Background in the Social Sciences

Questionnaires are a type of software, it seems, though pen and paper are hardware. The design of questionnaires and other survey instruments is software development, but it is discussed here on the more general R & D site rather than the social tech software site. which is more for programmers and analysts.

The development of advanced social technology will require questionnaire creation and testing, though in the scenarios given here the questionnaires will be answered by voice, with video, and biometric testing will be used to look for dishonest answers.

One important goal is to find out how well two people will work together, so that network reorganization software can be applied to relink people into a more effective and more pleasing structure. A related goal is to match employees and employers, but first let’s consider interpersonal matching.

There are three sub-problems:

  • do these people have common interests
  • do they have complementary abilities
  • what is their error covariance

The last item needs some explanation. Two people should not work together if they tend to make the same kinds of errors. Ideally their errors should cancel out.

People who work together well in person may not work well over the phone or Internet. One question then will be the question of relocation.  In discussing an important meta-cause or meta-organization, an organization to develop and apply social technology to other causes as well as itself, the question of self-organization arose. How to tie together a group of people for such a purpose?  In ordinary non-governmental organizations the pleasures of working together in person is important.  Sometimes that involves relocation.  For any specific individual, is relocation to work with someone else a good idea or not?  This is a hard problem which people with a social science background might like to address, perhaps with the aid of subtle questionnaires.  Needless to say, this issue is more important for people liable to enter into romantic interpersonal relationships because of using advanced social technology to suggest the move to another city.

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