very interesting

Date: 2012-03-08 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm at work right now, so the gaphic are blocked. I can't tell if I was one of the blogs looked at, but I'm certainly a usual suspect on blogrolls, so it's possible.

I actually keep a pretty detailed spreadsheet with book attributes so I can play with the statistics of the numbers. For me, out of 236 reviews in 6 years, I fall quite firmly in the classic male numbers you site - 80% male authors, 20% female authors. Of course there are a lot of little caveats in those numbers - was the book sent by a publisher or did I buy it, how do count anthologies, some are reviews of entire series (basically some double counting) - but even given those, I doubt the overall stats would change much.

So obviously this is an interesting (and important) issue.

However, I do urge caution with statistics. I know enough to be dangerous, most people don't even know that much. The famous quote says 'there are lies, damn lies and statistics" and it's quite correct. I'd love to see what a trained statisical expert would think of these numbers. How would one control for various important factors? [for example - how skewed are my reading habits by the books that are sent to me and the gender of the writers publishers choose to send me? further, does the gender of the publicist sending me the books play an additional factor?] this a case of (more) simple linear statistics, or is it a non-gausian situation? Would a fractal analysis of some sort be more realistic and meaningful? etc. And definitions need to be developed so apples can be compared with apples.

But, I don't want to seem like I'm tyring to nullify this rather simple thought experiment. I think the coorelation is pretty clear and significant, and I'm certainly a 'guilty' party myself.

Anyway, thanks for doing this and I'll be followign the comments as I'm able.

Neth Space
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