[LMB] OT: Racial disparities in policing

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Mon Dec 16 19:22:03 GMT 2019


On Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 8:49 PM Ruchira Mathur <wetair at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ok . . .so if a woman was had 60 percent before gender bias was removed,
> she had 78 percent chance of getting it afterward? And if 70, then 91? If
> 1, then 1.3. Does that seem correct?
>

It depends.  The authors note that the increase applies only when they can
compare cases where quality of performance is constant - when a given woman
performs twice, once in a blind audition, once in an open one.  When they
do not compare performers to themselves, they found that women became less
likely to proceed - which they quite reasonably attributed to more women,
and almost inevitably less-qualified women, coming out.  When women rarely
made it, only the very best ever attempted to compete.

There are always complexities.

Matt "unless people have an axe to grind, in which case things become quite
simple - and wrong" G.


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