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That's a humongous caveat in a gender study---to not be certain of the genders of those being studied---but maybe not a statistically significant one. Then again, if there are even 50 out of the 1,500 of us for whom genders cannot be determined with assuredness (which sounds likely), I believe that it *would* be a statistically significant issue. I was trying to remember if there was anything in the sign-up process that revealed our genders, and I couldn't specifically think of anything. I just wasn't certain about that because it's been 17 years since I first signed onto TECHWR-L way back in the APE (Andrew Plato Era).
From: techwr-l-bounces+doug -dot- grossman=sas -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+doug -dot- grossman=sas -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Dan Goldstein
Subject: RE: Statistical analysis
Correct. That's just one of many caveats to the study. You'll see the whole list in the Limitations section when it's published.
Also, how will you know everyone's gender? We may think that it is obvious that "David" and "John" are males, but it may not actually be the case. We have a "Lynn" who is a male, for example. There is no way to really know whether "Sam" or "Pat" or "Chris" or "Conner" is a male or female, and any guess would be just that.......a guess.
This question aside, I think that the analysis could be very interesting.
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