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Thursday, August 23, 2007

The New York Times slips up on sexual math

A recent article in Slate takes issue with a New York Times article expressing the theory that men tend to have more sexual partners than women. The results it seems are not as straight-forward as the NYT (or authors of popular studies) might make out. Read the Slate piece for an illuminating backgrounder on the crucial difference between the "mean" numbers often quoted in studies and the "median" number which is usually buried in the footnotes. The Wall Street Journal Numbers Guy also fills in the blanks with his analysis from an earlier blog entry.


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