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Ellifritz Study

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by Burleigh, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Burleigh


    Oct 11, 2011
    What do you think of Greg Ellifritz's findings on handgun ammunition ?
    I have read some pretty critical comments regarding his research methodology and conclusions. I was the chair of research and human studies committees in a medical center for a couple of decades and it seems to me that he did a good job with his methodology given that he was dealing with the real world and not a situation where most of the relevant variables could be controlled by the researcher.
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    You put it very well, sir.

    Whatever criticism there might be of how the available data was correlated and analyzed, the criticism always seems to come from people who never made the effort to collect, correlate, and analyze such data themselves. So it was with Marshall and Sanow, so it is with Ellifritz, and so it will be with the next person who attempts this Herculean task.

    It is easy enough for critics to toss off a catch phrase such as "the plural of anedote is not data."

    The critics should realize that the plural of anecdote IS "collective experience."