I was looking for information about -

  1. If intelligence predicts internet usage.
  2. A relation between IP addresses per capita versus GDP per capita.

I'd greatly appreciate any sources or just raw data on any one or both of these.


Google search did not yield much but maybe i'm not doing it right.

I tried I found some things on wolfram alpha though.

I did find a relationships indicating that in developing countries, there were more IP addresses per person compared to other undeveloped countries.

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  • MaxMind.com provides free (coarse) database showing the distribution of IP addresses to countries/cities: dev.maxmind.com/geoip/legacy/geolite – Andrew - OpenGeoCode Mar 12 '14 at 20:21
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    Please be careful with statements like "If intelligence predicts internet usage." IP addresses and internet usage are correlated to GDP per capita, as you show. But I would be very skeptical about making an assumption about the "intelligence" of a person who has no access to education, health care, technology, and a stable government. – philshem Mar 13 '14 at 14:11
  • @Philshem Why should I be 'careful'? Additionally, can you prove your skepticism? – shkl Mar 13 '14 at 21:40
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    @user67707 Please define intelligence in a global way. And as a skeptic, it's not my job to prove anything - it's up to you to reverse my skepticism. – philshem Mar 14 '14 at 9:07
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    @philshem is quite right: what do you mean by intelligence? Can be education, IQ, creative output etc. Moreover, you'll show a correlation. You have to be careful – I cannot emphasise this enough – because people will interpret it as "if you're smart, you're more likely to use the internet" which is completely unfounded given the above. – Ulrich Mar 14 '14 at 16:52

Going by country is pretty coarse. But as indicated in my earlier comment, I would start with the (coarse) database showing the distribution of IP addresses to countries/cities: http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/legacy/geolite.

I would then use the World Bank datasets on economic related data per country, such as:

  • GDP
  • Economic Indicators
  • Gender Statistics
  • Education Statistics
  • GNI Gross National Income per capita
  • Health and Nutrition Indicators


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