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You want caveats? I'll give ya caveats. Not only is there a debatable percentage of ambiguous names (what's ambiguous to one coder might be unambiguous to another coder), but in any case, 100% of the names are unverified. A Whirler might choose to create a persona of the other gender; a Whirler could even create multiple accounts with personae of both genders. The Limitations section will specify these possibilities, and more.
From: Doug Grossman
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2016 8:44 AM
To: TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)
Subject: RE: Statistical analysis
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).
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