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With the list admins' permission, I've been putting together a little research study that examines gender differences in TECHWR-L posts. I'm using publicly available information only, and I'm not going to use anyone's names or identifying information in the write-up. Among the questions that I'm looking at:
* How do the genders differ in the balance between starting and responding to threads?
* How do the genders differ in responding to posts from the same gender or the other gender?
* How do the genders differ in starting new threads in specific topic areas?
* How do the genders differ in using tentative language (hedges, tag questions, etc.)?
After I show the final product to the list admins, I'll probably post it either as a topic on the list or as an article on TECHWR-L.
The thing is, I don't have the knowledge to determine which of the differences that I identify are statistically significant. (That is, assuming that I actually do identify any differences.) Is there anyone on the list with a basis in statistics who could volunteer to crunch numbers? Feel free to contact me offlist if you can help me out.
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