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Old 11-08-2004, 09:52 PM
AJW
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I must have a case of the terminal stupids, but this is something I don't
understand.

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By the time they reach their late 20s and 30s, men are far more likely to be
single than women, according to reseachers from Edinburgh University in
Scotland. Almost 20 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 44 are single,
compared with just 6 percent of women, reports Medical News Today.


I'm going to make the outragous assumption that there are about the same number
of men as there are women in that age bracket. In truth, there are probably
fewer men, we die sooner than do women.

So: Let's say we're looking at a sample of 100 men. 80 would be married. Now
look at 100 women. 94 would be married, one would assume, to 94 men. For god's
sake, to whom are they married? It's like looking at the number of female sex
partners men have, on average, and claiming it's greater than the number of
partners women have, on average. Can't be true unless the men are using, oh,
female sheep or something.

When I was (a lot) younger I actually published peer reviewed articles that
were I thought at least statistically valid. Now I'm not sure.

Help!

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Old 11-08-2004, 11:40 PM
Steven Gray
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[Only registered users see links. ]emove (AJW) wrote in
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I can't explain the marriage deal unless they really meant "never been
married" as opposed to "married now". In the case of the sex partners, I
suspect that in discussing averages they really mean median. Either way,
it sounds as if they're being pretty loose with language.

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Old 11-09-2004, 04:16 AM
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"AJW" <ajw27703@wmconnect.comremove> wrote in message
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be
single,

I think you are overlooking the relevance of age to the equation.

Translation: "by age 44, 94% of women have gotten married, while only 80% of
men have gotten married."

Although there is no data given regarding the marrying of men or women OVER
44, we cannot simply assume that such marriages do not occur.

Conclusion: women tend to marry at an earlier age than men.


Tom Davidson
Richmond, VA


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Old 11-10-2004, 12:25 AM
Peter Kupfer
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AJW wrote:

This is similar to what someone else posted, but I would imagine it
would have to do with the tendency of women to marry older men. So, the
20 & 30 year old women are marrying the 40 year old men.

So, your sample in your example is different than the study. You are
assuming all men, the study only assumed men <40.

Peter
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Old 11-10-2004, 03:17 AM
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"tadchem" <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote in message
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don't
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of
OVER

"That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they
stay the same age."
-Dazed and Confused


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