- --- In APBR_analysis@y..., "doc319" <doc319@y...> wrote:
> ... what
> does it mean that an APBR member "provided" the racial designations-
> is this person a trained ethnographer who is familiar with thefamily
> backgrounds of everyone who has played enough minutes in the NBA toI trimmed the list down to guys who have logged 100 NBA minutes or
> qualify for your study's parameters?
200 ABA minutes, since 1952. The list had many more players than
this. Information was spotty in the old days (pre-1950), and in the
early days of the ABA. For lots of the bit players, neither state of
birth nor high school was listed.
Interestingly, however, people's race was remembered, and 100% of the
players I used were designated W or B. I don't know who did the
designating, and I didn't find any errors. I realize mixed-race
players are listed as black.
> Otherwise, the racialto
> designations are meaningless and there is no way to determine
> anything from these charts (I'm not quite sure what you are trying
> determine anyway...).To me, the NBA is a spectator sport, and I like a good product.
I read food labels. I want to know what I am eating. My mom doesn't
want to know what she is eating. It doesn't mean anything to her, to
read the fat content or the sugar content.
To another person, the fat content is meaningless, except as a
percentage of the calories; I forget why. Yet to me, the fat content
is still meaningful.
We all have our comfort level with information. I like to think all
information is useful. You may make of it what you like, and add to
it at your discretion.
So, after sitting on this pile of information, and organizing it
several ways, I decided to share it, to see what everyone else thinks.
> Later you state that if a player is born in one state and playshigh
> school ball in another state then his NBA minutes are split evenlynot
> between the two states. In another post you state that Alaska has
> produced a black player in ten years. Trajan Langdon was born inThat's a good spot, and I appreciate it!
> California but played high school ball in Alaska.
Alaska got bumped off the top of my screen, apparently, when I went
to using census data to get per-capita. (To my dismay, state
abbreviations alphabatize quite differently than do the whole names;
thus AK moved ahead of AL, even though Alabama precedes Alaska.
Shuffling the census data to line up with my lines, was vexing.)