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ASTR415/688 Survey Results


Spring 2005

14 respondents

  1. Computer familiarity [1=Master, 5=None]:
    Avg = 2.9 [Skilled], Min = 1 [Master], Max = 5 [None], Dev = 1.0

  2. Unix familiarity [1=Master, 5=None]:
    Avg = 3.4 [Skilled], Min = 2 [Expert], Max = 5 [None], Dev = 0.7

  3. Unix commands:
    1. cat: 10 correct (71%)
    2. grep: 7 correct (50%)
    3. sed: 2 correct (14%)
    4. awk: 2 correct (14%)
    5. make: 8 correct (57%)

  4. Other OSs: Windows = 8 (57%), MacOS/OS X = 4 (33%)

  5. C familiarity [1=Master, 5=None]:
    Avg = 3.4 [Skilled], Min = 2 [Expert], Max = 5 [None], Dev = 0.9

  6. C statements:
    1. increment: 11 correct (79%)
    2. loop: 10 correct (71%)
    3. pointers: 5 correct (36%)
    4. malloc: 6 correct (43%)
    5. structures: 5 correct (36%)

  7. Other languages: C++ = 6 (43%); Perl = 4 (29%); Basic, Java = 3 (21%); FORTRAN, HTML, Pascal = 2 (14%); IDL, lisp, MATLAB, Python, Ruby, shell scripting = 1 each (7%)

  8. sm familiarity [1=Master, 5=None]:
    Avg = 4.6 [None], Min = 3 [Skilled], Max = 5 [None], Dev = 0.7

  9. Other plotting/visualization packages:
    1. gnuplot: 5 (36%)
    2. IDL: 10 (71%)
    3. NCAR graphics: 0 (0%)
    4. Other: MATLAB = 2 (14%); Excel, OpenGL, WIP = 1 each (8%)

  10. Do you know how to?
    1. Surf the web: 14 (100%)
    2. Deal with multimedia content: 12 (86%)
    3. Print colour output: 14 (100%)
    4. Use PowerPoint or OpenOffice: 14 (100%)

  11. Internet search engine: Google = 14 (100%)

  12. Have you ever?
    1. Used a supercomputer: 2 (14%)
    2. Written parallel code: 4 (29%)
    3. Written assembly code: 2 (14%)
    4. Used revision/maintenance software: 3 (21%)
    5. Written HTML code: 10 (71%)

Number of respondents who supplied their name: 11 (79%)




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Derek C. Richardson 2005-02-09