8

Henry_Stanley comments on An Exploration of Sexual Violence Reduction for Effective Altruism Potential - Effective Altruism Forum

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (153)

You are viewing a single comment's thread. Show more comments above.

Comment author: Henry_Stanley 06 December 2017 11:45:55PM 3 points [-]

If the data for these surveys didn't come from Lisak ... then it's just nonsensical to presume that the data is skewed because it's feminist

Agreed - but I still think we should be concerned about the quality of the data. The linked article suggests that Lisak's study was assembled from other studies which he's apparently unable to cite, which weren't especially careful about the data they collected, and which probably aren't representative of most college campuses.

Comment author: kbog  (EA Profile) 10 December 2017 04:20:15AM *  0 points [-]

Nothing in that article suggests that the data was low quality, just that some of them might not have been traditional college students.

probably aren't representative of most college campuses.

That's irrelevant here, because the number here is being used as a representation of men in EA, not men on college campuses.

Comment author: Henry_Stanley 15 December 2017 12:04:17AM 1 point [-]

Nothing in that article suggests that the data was low quality

I think the fact that Lisak literally cannot remember where his data comes from should be concerning.

That's irrelevant here, because the number here is being used as a representation of men in EA, not men on college campuses.

Good point - I'll instead say then that these numbers are likely specific to the particular population of that college and are even less likely to be useful for making inferences about the EA community as a whole. Lisak himself says of the study:

"Because of the nonrandom nature of the sampling procedures, the reported data cannot be interpreted as estimates of the prevalence of sexual or other acts of violence."