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    Re: Sotomayor cool under Republican grilling

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    You've chosen to limit your analysis to comments about anecdotal cases, which tells us nothing about the general population. The statistical analysis of a large data set that I provided might do that, though.

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    Re: Sotomayor cool under Republican grilling

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnapostate View Post
    You've chosen to limit your analysis to comments about anecdotal cases, which tells us nothing about the general population. The statistical analysis of a large data set that I provided might do that, though.
    Your large data set link breaks but even if it doesn't it's assessment is completely defeated by the so called "anecdotal evidence" or as we here outside of theoreticalcville like to call them; case studies and/or real world examples but thanks for the statistics, I think I'll do a similar study using a similar irrelevant quantifier; such as, eye color.
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    Re: Sotomayor cool under Republican grilling

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Ferris View Post
    Your large data set link breaks but even if it doesn't it's assessment is completely defeated by the so called "anecdotal evidence" or as we here outside of theoreticalcville like to call them; case studies and/or real world examples but thanks for the statistics, I think I'll do a similar study using a similar irrelevant quantifier; such as, eye color.
    Aside from the fact that I see nothing wrong with the link, I do have to note the irony of you calling empirical research "theoretical."

    That said, you've merely cited anecdotal and isolated cases with no relevance whatsoever to the vast majority of the population in question, whereas my analysis is based on integration of those large data sets. It's not, for example, based on my own experiences, since that would be similarly anecdotal. I attribute this excessive reliance on anecdotal reports a consequence of the fact that existing empirical research does not support your perspective. As it were, Goshin often makes the same error, and did so quite recently when he cited Barack Obama as an example of the unnecessariness of affirmative action.

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