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Hi-Tech Crime And Sexual Partner Surveys 'biased'

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13726085

Surveys of cyber crime and numbers of sexual partners have a lot in common, researchers have suggested.

Both are self-reporting, uncorroborated surveys that are subject to "catastrophic errors", according to analysis by a Microsoft research team.

Over-reporting by a small number of survey subjects can wildly skew final estimates.

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In the case of sexual partner surveys, such self-reporting produces totals which suggest that men have had far more female sexual partners than women have had male sexual partners. This, according to the researchers, "is impossible".

The truth is that in these surveys men over-report partner numbers and women under-report. Plus, said the researchers, some men tell "whopping" lies about their sexual lives and, as a result, vastly inflate the final results.

The same is true of cyber crime surveys, in that respondents tend to over-report. Also some wildly overestimate the financial loss they suffered or the time it took to resolve problems caused by theft of login details, credit card numbers or other valuable data.

Mathematical analysis of the surveys shows that it only takes a few large overestimates to produce a total that bears little relation to the facts.

What totally unexpected results, men over estimate and women underestimate.

I mean who'd have thought that....

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Well I am not so sure about this quote:

"Plus, said the researchers, some men tell "whopping" lies about their sexual lives and, as a result, vastly inflate the final results."

Woman also tell whopping lies - however they do it the other way around. So shouldn't these just balance each other out ?

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