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  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    As a rule of thumb, for books at least, stuff from publishers tends to be higher quality. Those editors and so on do a good job. They curate for quality. Unfortunately their biases tend to make them believe white men...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    My gatekeepers were never really faceless journalists. Faced critics were a different matter - in film for example, Barry Norman, Jonathan Ross and now Mark Kermode I can watch and consider their film reviews because I've seen enough of their...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Nope, you need to see the distribution of the votes to determine if there are lots of "meh" scores recorded or not. Consider some extreme cases with only 10 votes recorded for simplicity. If everyone votes 10, obviously it gets...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    As I've commented in other places, my anecdotal experience shouldn't be taken as gospel, but thanks to BookBub and Charlie and other authors and eBooks and smart author tactics I'm reading MORE new authors than before. BookBub looks for all...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    And the real reason I'm here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/fantasy-forever#.pkrAY9rQN I appreciate BuzzFeed isn't a major critical award. It's not books from the last year. It's not even (37 men, 14 women I think, unless I've missed a woman publishing with a man's...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I'm occasionally active in trans-politics circles: 3 of my closest friends are trans. If you wrote stories, biographies I'd guess, about their lives, all three would like to be identified by their current gender. Not as trans-whatever, not as unsure,...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    How come publishers are failing to convert all of those YA readers into SFF readers? I'm not sure they are failing. But the success of HP and THG at the movies has made people look for more in the same...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Your data, despite the shouting of some, seem to support your supposition that stories about men are more likely to win awards than stories about women. Your sectioning for your pie charts doesn't make that the most obvious thing, but...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    You clearly have a different training in stats to me. I read the lamppost story as a warning to question how representative your sample and test it. I'm doubtful about the quality of the awards data as a representative sample...
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    Absolutely agree. That's why I said to start looking. I've suggested ways to look at much bigger data sets elsewhere in this thread. Although I'm not sore what sort of analysis would let you start to determine all the possible...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Poxy html, p<0.1 for the first one, p<0.5x10-13 for the second. Too long writing in markup editors and not thinking about it...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I rarely agree with Dirk, but I'm inclined to agree, awards on an industry level are rarely a useful indicator of the industry and I'd have my doubts about how representative a sample of the population they are. OTOH it's...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    You need to be careful with such quick assumptions. There are 7 pools, there's an empty pool of men writing about women/girls which we really shouldn't expect to be empty. We should expect 15/7 entries (~2.14) in each pool. Although...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Not that surprising, I'm a biologist by trade and if I read the names of the P&M Nobel prize winners from the last decade I recognise about half. If I read the titles of the citations I can tell you...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Ok, I'm getting stupid in my old age. That's not what I took from the note and its context and I'm sorry. I STILL object that including Nobel data is constitutively different to Hugo data. You can, theoretically, win a...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Sorry, I read Sean's comments saying stop about this thread as I hit reply. I'll be good....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Are you an average white, heterosexual male? White. Average, probably not. As anyone that reads comments here often enough knows, no and no to heterosexual and male....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Naughty Eric, your quote in the footnote is for Nobel Prizes in Medicine and Physiology. They're all for decades old work. Physics is a bit of a rebel and occasionally breaks the rules. The 2013 Physics prize is another one......
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I don't know where we get the idea that men can't do this, when for the large majority of men it's as important to do as it is for the large majority of women. We're told men can't do this....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I don't particularly read crime fiction, so can't quickly do the full analysis Nicola has done. I'd guess there's a lot of females represented in the genre but I wonder how many are victims rather than investigators? But winners of...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Sorry, you have evidence that they're not relevant in this context? Or just your anecdotal experience?...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    While I support your activities, and I'll be signing up for your campaign after work, Erik's comments in footnote 10 are comparing chalk and cheese. Nobel prizes are typically awarded 1-2 decades, sometimes closer to 3, after the work was...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Nope, I read them courtesy of Ben Aaronovitch's blog post but I'm pretty sure since Charlie's last post here....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Jodi Taylor, the author of the St. Mary's books, is probably only on $BIG_RIVER (and a few other eBook vendors) because she's a self-publisher, or was originally and they make it comparatively easy to do. BTW, if you use your...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    It doesn't really matter that, like quite a few people, I can add new female author names to this list: Jodi Taylor and Justina Robson for female SF authors I've read in the last 6 weeks or so, if you...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Depends on whose perspective you're writing from. The buyer, whether that's the end consumer like you and me buying gas and electricity or someone buying a company wants the best information possible to make the best choice. The seller wants...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    If you pin an economics textbook down and twist it's arms, it's pretty clear what we've got isn't really a capitalist economy. Capitalism assumes things like perfect information, rational decision making and a whole host of things I'm too tired...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    According to something I watched recently, the average 1 person starter home (which will be a flat of course, not a house) in London these days has the same floor area as a underground carriage. That really brought it home...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Ok, thanks. It just seemed odd for you but something I expect from my very occasional dips into the genre....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    I accept it makes sense for Mo to be stressed out on lots of levels and miss things. It doesn't stop me feeling disappointed in her, sorry, it's how I felt when I was reading it....
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