On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM, Paul Tanner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Without something that is statistics-based like affirmative action, >
Statistics? The issues here are much deeper than you seem to believe.
Here is a little problem for you.
There are 700 individuals on the faculty at Enormous State University, of whom exactly 210 are women. 30 members of the faculty are appointed to serve on a committee that is to consider a matter of some importance to all faculty. Someone observes that only seven members of the committee are women and alleges bias against women in the selection of the committee.
Tell us where we should stand on this issue, Paul. (Make no assumptions beyond those given above.)
What if only six members of the committee had been women? five?
How few women must there be before we can make a reasonable case for bias against women? How many before there is a case for bias against men?
--Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State College of Denver