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Jeremy Kahn
Works at Google
Attended Brown University
Lives in Seattle, Washington
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The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable, after performing at Honk Fest West!
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Beach Drive in the early afternoon. Folded by panorama view; this coast is actually slightly convex.
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This is Bijou, formerly "Zhu", who came to work today with my desk buddy Benson.
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Using Dog.js (I presume)...
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Three guesses which three numbers are in the code for this door.
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Tee hee
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Elliott at the Woodland Park Zoo, just past closing time.
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Today's special at Vashon's Hardware Store restaurant.
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Via Hilary Mason. Great point about the stochastic nature of gender imbalance and gendered abuse.
 
Let's use math to talk about sexism!

A lot of things get in the way of arguments about sexism in male-dominated spaces like gaming, tech, comics, etc.  Among the most prevalent derailing techniques are common arguments like "Not all men are like that," "But some women are sexist too," or "You're being too emotional about this, let's talk about this rationally."  Much has been said about why all of the above are nonsense...but let's just pretend for a little while that they're not.  Yep, you heard that right: let's pretend that men and women are equally sexist, misandry is a thing, and that having emotions about things that are hurtful isn't permitted.

Even in that obviously nonexistent world, women in male-dominated spaces still receive far more abuse than men.  Why? Because Math.

The premise of this argument, called the "Petrie Multiplier" is simple.  Imagine that men and women are both equally sexist (pretend misandry is a real thing) and that only a small fraction of individuals are sexist (i.e., not all men are like that), let's say 20%.  Let's ignore all feelings and simply focus on the frequency of sexist remarks (quit being so emotional!)

Now add in one caveat: men outnumber women.  This plays out rather interestingly.

Imagine a population of 40 men & 10 women, where 20% of all people are sexist.  That means you have 8 sexist men, and 2 sexist women.  These 8 sexist men are going to spread inappropriate comments to the 10 women, and each woman ends up on the receiving end of a lot of abuse.  Meanwhile, the 2 sexist women are spreading their abuse out among 40 men...so each individual guy gets very little abuse, and potentially never receives a single inappropriate comment.  

The moral of the story is simple: diversity is important.  It only takes a very small percentage of bad eggs for a minority group to be on the receiving end of a lot of abuse; the best solution is to increase representation of minority groups.

Follow the link through to see some excellent animations of this principle in practice!
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Thanks for this!   I especially like using pink for boys and blue for girls and the great 1918 quote on why this is obviously the right color designation. 
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In my imagined back story, Yellow Chair is on the run after a hopscotch game gone wrong.
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Rainy Bellevue means double rainbows!
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Occupation
Computational linguist.
Employment
  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
  • inome
    Senior Scientist, 2013 - 2013
  • Intelius
    Staff Scientist, 2012 - 2013
  • Quid, Inc.
    Senior Computational Linguist, 2011 - 2012
  • SRI International
    Research Linguist, 2011 - 2011
  • Wordnik
    Director of Research, 2010 - 2011
  • Wordnik
    Computational Linguist, 2009 - 2010
  • SSLI Lab, University of Washington
    Research Assistant, 2003 - 2009
  • SRI International
    Visiting Fellow, 2008 - 2010
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Seattle, Washington
Previously
Atlanta, GA - Providence, RI - Ithaca, NY - Seattle, WA - San Francisco, CA
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If you hang out with me long enough, you will probably hear me say "Why do I know that? I don't know why I know that."
Introduction
Jeremy's a computational linguist. He's loquacious, numerate, and more than a little nerdy. He likes big words (big in negative log probability) and finds the third person inordinately funny.
Education
  • Brown University
    Linguistics, 1993 - 1997
  • University of Washington
    Linguistics, 2003 - 2010
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