A Real-Life Geocaching Puzzle


Categories: Geocachers GeoTheory Research


American geocacher Shelley Mitchell is trying to solve the ultimate puzzle – whether there is a link between who we are and our geo-statistics.

The Stillwater resident is currently studying for a PhD at Oklahoma State University and this semester has created a questionnaire on geocaching for her multiple regression statistics class.

“We have to do a mini-research project to see if we can determine an equation that fits the data – basically to see if we can determine the equation so that if someone gives us only a little bit of information, we can ‘guess’ what the other numbers are (like if there is a relationship between age and degree of difficulty or terrain, or if there is a relationship between number of caches found and months geocaching).”

Her Geocaching Stats survey asks geocachers to detail their tally of finds and caches hidden, their most common terrain and difficulty levels, and number of trackables moved, using the figures provided on their GC.com profile page.

So far, about 86 geocachers have completed the eight-question poll and Mitchell is keen to get at least 100 replies as “the more data I get, the more accurate the final result will be”.

Once she’s analysed all the information and handed in her coursework, Mitchell will also blog about her discoveries for It’s Not About The Numbers.

*Take Shelley Mitchell’s Geocaching Stats survey by clicking here.


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