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The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of MichiganThe Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

Ann Lin quoted in Washington Post article, "Time to start counting the crowds"

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ann Lin was quoted in a Washington Post article about estimating the crowd size of rallies. The success of rallies, like last weekend's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," is often based on the inexact science of crowd counts. User crowd count polls, widely known to be more entertaining and less scientific, are often called "silly." Ann Lin told the Washington Post, "It's akin to sending out a message on the Internet saying, 'I have a jar of jellybeans on my desk. You don't know the size of the jar or the size of the jellybeans. Guess how many are in the jar.'"