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Rich Ulrich

Aug 12, 2021, 12:54:35 PM8/12/21
[sci.stat.consult added, in case anyone still reads ssc]
On Wed, 11 Aug 2021 13:00:28 -0400, Quinn C
<> wrote:

>* Rich Ulrich:
>> On Wed, 11 Aug 2021 06:25:25 +0100, Richard Heathfield
>> <> wrote:
>>>On 11/08/2021 02:44, Peter Moylan wrote:
>>>> On 11/08/21 12:25, Peter T. Daniels wrote:
>>>>> On Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 6:50:46 PM UTC-4, Richard Heathfield
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> "Transgender prisoners are five times more likely to carry out sex
>>>>>> attacks on inmates at women’s jails than other prisoners are, official
>>>>>> figures show.
>>>>>> Male prisoners who were transferred to women’s jails during gender
>>>>>> reassignment and women inmates who are transitioning committed seven of
>>>>>> the 124 sex attacks recorded between 2010 and 2018. They occurred at HMP
>>>>>> Low Newton in Co Durham, Foston Hall in Derbyshire, Peterborough,
>>>>>> Bronzefield in Middlesex and New Hall, West Yorkshire."
>>>>> Let's see. Seven versus 117. Pretty heinous!
>>>> To evaluate that, you'd have to know what proportion of the prison
>>>> population is transgender.
>>>Numeracy might be an ask too far.
>> Being a statistician and data analyst, I feel compelled to point
>> out that the events are not "independent" and that "Mr White"
>> in a previous post accounted for 5 assaults. Proper statistical
>> testing of the most common sort assumes independence of
>> events.
>> So, yeah, a few people need to be watched with suspicion.
>> And that suggests to me the possibility that fair and accurate
>> "counting" may be hard to achieve, if some people are watched
>> more closely.
>Wow. I thought there might be more to this if one were to look closely,
>but I didn't feel I have the time and energy, so thanks.
>This makes it almost a textbook case of manipulating the message by
>choosing the way of presenting statistics.

I suppose it could have been intentional misrepresentation, but
I still figure Hanlon's Razor applies - "never attribute to malice
that which is adequately explained by stupidity".

Rich Ulrich

Quinn C

Aug 12, 2021, 5:56:15 PM8/12/21
* Rich Ulrich:
In general, yes, but most of the UK press has in recent years shown a
marked tendency to gratuitously report on trans issues, and typically
with a negative bent (or with a pseudo-neutral "some say this, some
that", not clarifying that the "this" group includes 90% of the experts,
and the "that" group mostly anti-trans lobbyists), so I feel justified
to be prejudiced.

It doesn't matter that you've got that stupid accent, or that your
bits are different to my bits, because being a Derry Girl,
well, it's a fucking state of mind. And you're one of us.
-- Michelle to James, Derry Girls, series 2, episode 6
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