Thursday, July 7, 2011

Intelligence Analyst "Words To Live By" -- #10, Voting Closes 19 JUL 11!

This is the tenth, and last, list of "Intelligence Analyst Words To Live By."  

The tenth list is below and links to the previous nine lists are below that.  I am off to the Global Intelligence Forum next week and will not be back until 18 JUL so I decided to keep the voting open until then.  Please pass these lists on to any analysts you know!

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Links to the previous nine lists:

List 1
List 2
List 3
List 4
List 5
List 6 
List 7
List 8
List 9

The current frontrunners from the ninth list include (with the percentage representing the percent of respondents who said move it up the list):

"The greatest derangement of mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so." -- Louis Pasteur (77%)
"I suppose that if we in intelligence were one day given three wishes, they would be to know everything, to be believed when we spoke, and in such a way to exercise an influence to the good in the matter of policy." -- Sherman Kent (53%)
"There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." -- Ronald Reagan (64%)

All other entries are currently below 50%


Tom said...

Out of curiosity, when you say "percentage representing the percent of respondents who said move it up the list," is that a net percentage? In other words, do you subtract the number of respondents who vote for moving it down the list?

It seems to me that a quotation that has 49% up votes and no votes to move it down is more of a frontrunner than a quotation that has 51% up votes and 49% down votes.

Kristan J. Wheaton said...


It is the percent of the total vote. Voters can either vote it up or voter it down or skip each quote. Voters who choose to skip a quote (a fairly small number, by the way) don't count either way. So, if there are 100 votes cast and 60 of them are "Move it UP the list", then the percentage is 60%. A quote that had no "DOWN" votes would have a percentage rating of 100%. All quotes on a list have roughly the same number of votes. The number of votes differ, of course, for each list as some have been out longer than others. That is why I leaving the voting open until the 19th -- to give the later lists a chance to catch up.