Prino’s original hitchhike statistics tables

At some stage in the early 1980’ies, Prino thought it might be interesting to do something with his notes, and so, as mentioned on the page that took you here, he decided to produce five tables per trip, containing

He produced the tables on old green zebra paper, and, and this might surprise you, he still produces the same five tables for each trip, on (an ever dwindling supply of) the same green zebra paper!

The tables for trip 1

Scan of the tables of trip 1

Table 1: Distribution of distances

His first trip took Prino to Stockholm, and the first table sort of shows that he was a novice, it’s not that short rides still don’t make up a substantial majority of his rides, at the time of writing this, 2020-12-12, around 60% of his rides are shorter than 100 km, and more than 20% are actually shorter than 25 km, but there are (unchecked!) probably very few trips where the distribution of distances is so skewed as during this trip!

Table 2: Types of driver

The second table, with the types of the driver,

is probably pretty similar to most of the “Totals per type” tables, although Prino doesn’t really know how many trips he’s had which a similar (read: high) percentage of female drivers.

In the, again at the initial time of writing this, 2020-12-12, subsequent 250 trips, Prino added another 13 types of drivers. The last one added, on 2020-10-14, was “VPor”, for the first Porsche driven by a woman. It was also the first ride in a Porsche in 2020 and in Lithuania. (And the 23rd Porsche in total)

There are four more single-ride types, “PW” (Paardenwagen, horse-drawn cart), “Tr” (Tractor), “VT” (Female truckdriver), and “Fer”. The only “old-timer” Prino was ever given a ride in, a “Lagonda LG45” from 1937 was classified as a Cab(riolet), although Prino might change this if he ever gets another ride in a similar car.

Note that adding a type depends on personal preferences, Prino classifies a car with a male driver and one (or more) male passengers as “male driver”. However, at the end of 2021, Prino decided to go over his data again, and reclassified all male drivers with children as type “-*”, and all female drivers with children as “V*”, identifying 23 of the former, and 19 of the latter. (Until 2021-12-31 a male driver with children was classified as a “F(amily)”, a female just as a “V”)

Table 3: Totals per country

The third table with “Totals per country” omits counts, and even now, 42 years later, Prino doesn’t include the number of rides in these per country tables generated by lift. However, the program does generate additional tables with counts, with the counts for rides spanning borders based on the fraction of the distance hitched in each country.

Table 4: Maxima, minima, and averages

The fourth table with maxima, minima, and averages for velocity, distance, and time has, in the hand-written green zebra paper version, a quirk, the average velocity in the days column is blank. (The value would be the same as for the rides) Prino never carried this over into the per-trip tables in “lift.h-h”.

Table 5: Totals per nationality

And finally, the fifth table just gives a count of number of rides with drivers of a particular nationality. The line separates the nationalities of the drivers from the visited countries, from the “foreigners”, and although not noticable here, where there is only one ride with a “foreigner”, the nationalities above the line are in the same order as the countries visited, whereas the “foreigners” are listed in alphabetical order. As for the why? Prino doesn’t have a clue (anymore), and he’s just as clueless about the omission of distance, time, and average speed, as a larger table might have been included below table 4.

Last updated on 10 September 2022 (Use typographical quotes)

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