It has been argued that female-named hurricanes are deadlier because people do not take them seriously. However, this conclusion is based on a questionable statistical analysis of a narrowly defined data set. The reported relationship is not robust in that it is not confirmed by a straightforward analysis of more inclusive data or different data.
Hurricanes; Data grubbing; Sexism
Ha ha. I’m just bummed he didn’t use the term “himmicane,” which I think treats this topic with the seriousness it deserves.
To the best of my knowledge, the authors of that joke paper, and the editors at the journal that published it (PPNAS), have refused to acknowledge the flaws in the paper, nor have they apologized for wasting all of our time with it. I probably should not be surprised by this never-back-down attitude. But I don’t have to like it.