Statistical analysis

Subject: Statistical analysis
From: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:41:22 +0000

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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