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Comment author: kbog  (EA Profile) 10 December 2017 04:20:15AM *  1 point [-]

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 0 points [-]

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."