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Vaniver comments on 2016 LessWrong Diaspora Survey Results - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Vaniver 01 May 2016 07:31:29PM 2 points [-]

Last year had just below 2% transgender and 4% other. Either a slight increase in the number of trans people or a slightly higher percentage of trans people in the diaspora community than the LW core could explain it.

It's difficult to conclude what that implies. One can tell a story about how high openness means people are more likely to identify as trans, or one can tell a story about how rationality helps one realize those sorts of things, or one can tell a story about how more young people are identifying as some sort of queer and the rationality community skews young.

Comment author: Vulture 01 May 2016 07:48:39PM 2 points [-]

I mean, you could run correlations with Openness to experience or with age, right? I guess there's probably too small of a sample size to do a lot of interesting analysis with it, but I'm sure one could do some.

Comment author: Vaniver 02 May 2016 03:37:02PM *  2 points [-]

There's a first order effect--trans people having higher openness--and a second order effect--high openness communities having more trans people--and I'm more confident of the second than I am of the first.

When it comes to age, a quick calculation of average by group (throwing out three age outliers):

F_______26.8
MtF_____23.5
M_______28.7
FtM_____23.1
Other___26.1
Overall_28.1