work time

Rahul Mahajan rahul at peaches.ph.utexas.edu
Fri Apr 26 14:42:17 MDT 1996


>At 2:54 PM 4/26/96, Rahul Mahajan wrote:
>
>>Thanks for the stats, Doug. It would be nice to know what analysis they're
>>based on. Does she mention it in the book? In any case, I always want to
>>tear my hair out when I see stuff like this. I mean, you have to doubt the
>>analysis of anyone who seems to have no recognition of the limitations of
>>his/her work. 2309 hours in 1500? Not, say, 2308 or 2310? This kind of
>>thing is all too common these days, and most people don't think twice about
>>it.

Doug:

>Oh yeah, of course; I know that, and she knows that. Even the best social
>stats - e.g. those produced by the U.S. government agencies, which are
>generally close to if not the best in the world - are estimates. Schor's
>sources are all given in the footnotes to the table (on page 45). I'm too
>lazy to type them.

That's not my problem. The problem is trying to appear more exact than you
are. Either explicitly mention error bars, or just write 2300 instead of
2309.

Rahul




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