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Categories & the real world

One of the main challenges with creating any categorisation system is to make sure it collects what you need and matches up to the real world.

Here’s a list of single-select items I just came across on an otherwise-decent survey for a hotel where I recently stayed:

  • Household with children no longer home
  • Couple, no children
  • Household, with children
  • Single, no children

Firstly, I wonder how it is useful to them to know about my family situation. But secondly, where do I fit? Right now I’m single, with a child who lives with me half time. That so doesn’t fit into any of those categories…

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