Ben_Todd comments on Thoughts on the "Meta Trap" - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Ben_Todd 22 December 2016 09:14:54PM 1 point [-]

I agree the double-counting issue is pretty complex. (I think maybe the "fraction of value added" approach I mention in the value of coordination post is along the right lines)

I think the key point is that it seems unlikely that (given how orgs currently measure impact) they're claiming significantly more than 100% in aggregate. This is partly because there's already lots of adjustments that pick up some of this (e.g. asking people if they would have done X due to another org) and because there are various types of undercounting.

Given this, adding a further correction for double counting doesn't seem like a particularly big consideration - there are more pressing sources of uncertainty.

Comment author: rohinmshah  (EA Profile) 23 December 2016 07:02:00PM 0 points [-]

Yes, I agree with this. (See also my reply to Rob above.)