RE: Statistical analysis

Subject: RE: 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 12:57:23 +0000

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.

-----Original Message-----
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).

Visit TechWhirl for the latest on content technology, content strategy and content development |


You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online magazine at

Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public email archives @


Statistical analysis: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Statistical analysis: From: Doug Grossman
RE: Statistical analysis: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Statistical analysis: From: Doug Grossman

Previous by Author: RE: Statistical analysis
Next by Author: RE: Statistical analysis
Previous by Thread: RE: Statistical analysis
Next by Thread: RE: Statistical analysis

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads