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PSA Membership Density

At one point, a comment in the Python newsgroup about heavy Python book sales in Japan prompted an exercise in tallying up PSA membership by nationality. Greg McFarlane took those raw figures and cast them against the country population figures, and came up with the proportional membership figures -- see below. One amusing note is that PSA members, at their densest concentrations, were just about one in a million -- I could have told you that!)

We've got figures as of Aug '98 for the country representations, but don't have the proportions relative to the country's current population. (If anyone wants to get the population figures and do the computation, let webmaster@python.org know, and we'll present them here...) Below that is the original message, with the relative densities.

215	USA 
32	Germany 
14	The Netherlands 
13	Australia 
13	Canada 
11	France 
11	The United Kingdom
6	Japan 
6	Sweden 
5	Italy 
4	Austria 
3	Norway 
2	Belgium 
2	Ireland 
2	New Zealand 
2	Spain 
1	Argentina 
1	Brazil 
1	Denmark 
1	Finland 
1	Portugal 
1	Switzerland 

Here are the original figures, straight from the net ("if it's on the net, it must be true:-)")

From gregm@iname.com Tue Dec 16 17:43:09 1997
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 16:04:28 +1100
From: Greg McFarlane 
To: python-list@cwi.nl
Subject: Re: 'Nother bit of curiousity

I took your data, added a dash of population statistics, stirred in
some arithmetic and ...  viola!  a list of countries showing the
number of people per PSA membership.

Norway, The Netherlands, USA, New Zealand and Australia all have about
1 million people per PSA member.  At the other end of the list, Japan,
Argentina and Italy have over 30 million people per PSA member.  There
seems to be an inverse relationship between soccer playing countries
and their interest in python?!

    Country           PSA   population   pop/PSA
    -------           ---   ----------   -------
    Norway              3    4242011     1414003
    The Netherlands    10   14944000     1494400
    USA               156  248769679     1594677
    New Zealand         2    3329998     1664999
    Australia           9   17065026     1896114
    Austria             3    7712003     2570667
    Sweden              3    8565999     2855333
    Germany            24   79364991     3306874
    Canada              8   26646873     3330859
    Ireland             1    3503001     3503001
    Finland             1    4986000     4986000
    UK                  9   57620998     6402333
    France              7   56735007     8105001
    Portugal            1    9868001     9868001
    Belgium             1    9934999     9934999
    Japan               4  123536998    30884249
    Argentina           1   32321997    32321997
    Italy               1   57661000    57661000


With statistics, you can prove anything :^)=

Population data from http://blueskies.sprl.umich.edu/geia/emits/pop.html.
On 15 Dec, Ken Manheimer wrote:
> On Sat, 13 Dec 1997, Andrew Kuchling wrote:
> 
> > 	(One interesting footnote: _Programming Python_ apparently
> > sold quite well in Japan, enough to make O'Reilly do a 2-volume
> > Japanese translation.  I can't recall seeing very many questions from
> > .jp addresses in comp.lang.python; is there a thriving Japanese user
> > community that we don't know about?)
> 
> My curiousity was piqued about how many PSA members from where, so i
> wrote a quickie program - here's the results, in case anyone's
> interested.
> 
> Argentina 1
> Australia 9
> Austria 3
> Belgium 1
> Canada 8
> Finland 1
> France 7
> Germany 24
> Ireland 1
> Italy 1
> Japan 4
> New Zealand 2
> Norway 3
> Portugal 1
> Sweden 3
> The Netherlands 10
> UK 9
> USA 156
> 
> Total Org Members: 19, Individual Members: 225
> 
> Being somewhat geopolitically ignorant (even worse than the average
> parochial USAmerican), i can't comment on the proportionality, except
> that i daresay the 10 from the netherlands is a strong showing, and yet
> somehow no suprise:-)
> 
> Ken
> 
> 
> 

-- 
Greg McFarlane
INMS Telstra Australia (gregm@iname.com)