In my very first true cat confession, you learned that I am a bit of a data nerd. Well guess what? I still am!
I found this article in the NY Times about sexism in tennis. Computer scientists from Cornell University conducted a study of the types of questions asked to players during their post-match interviews. To no surprise (to me, at least), of the non-tennis related questions, 70% of the questions were asked to the women players. Non-tennis related questions could range from shopping to manicures. Or perhaps more famously directed at Serena Williams last year after winning a match, “why aren’t you smiling?”
This article breaks down the science behind the study, how they developed the algorithm, how the algorithm classified the questions, and of course, the results of the study. I hope you find this article and the study interesting and insightful. And hopefully in the future, we can swing to a more balanced, less sexist way to handle all of our athletes.
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