Data Analysis of the Responses to Professor Abigail Thompson’s Statement on Mandatory Diversity Statements

13 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2020 Last revised: 4 Feb 2020

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Joshua Paik

University of St. Andrews - School of Mathematics and Statistics

Igor Rivin

Temple University - Mathematics Department

Date Written: January 2, 2020

Abstract

An opinion piece by Abigail Thompson in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society has engendered a lot of discussion, including three open letters with over 1400 signatures. We analyze the professional profiles of signatories of these three letters, and analyze their citation records. We find that when restricting to R1 math professors, the means of their citations are ordered μ(A) < μ(B) < μ(C). The significance of these findings are validated using a one-sided permutation test.

Keywords: diversity, mathematics, statistical analysis, open letters

JEL Classification: J24, J48, J71, J82, Z13

Suggested Citation

Paik, Joshua and Rivin, Igor, Data Analysis of the Responses to Professor Abigail Thompson’s Statement on Mandatory Diversity Statements (January 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3512709 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3512709

Joshua Paik

University of St. Andrews - School of Mathematics and Statistics ( email )

St Andrews
Fife, KY16 9SS
United Kingdom

Igor Rivin (Contact Author)

Temple University - Mathematics Department ( email )

Wachman Hall
1805 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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