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Gaydar and the fallacy of objective measurement ∗

@inproceedings{Gelman2018GaydarAT,
  title={Gaydar and the fallacy of objective measurement ∗},
  author={Andrew Gelman and Greggor Mattson and Daniel P. Simpson},
  year={2018}
}
Recent media coverage of studies about “gaydar,” the supposed ability to detect another’s sexual orientation through visual cues, reveal problems in which the ideals of scientific precision strip the context from intrinsically social phenomena. This fallacy of objective measurement, as we term it, leads to nonsensical claims based on the predictive accuracy of statistical significance. We interrogate these gaydar studies’ assumption that there is some sort of pure biological measure of… 
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