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From: Vincent Vizachero <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 07:16:45 -0400
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That doesn't make any sense. There is nothing special about k=4,
EXCEPT that it matches what people thought the right answer should be.

If people had thought there were 20 races, then k=20 would "magically"
appear to be right.

VV


On Mar 18, 2010, at 7:48 PM, Raymond Whritenour wrote:

> If the definition of race is an arbitrary social construct it would
> not have shown up at K=4!


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