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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Cuckolds Muck Things Up

Roger Voles has written a paper for The Mathematical Gazette titled "The Arithmetic of Cuckoldry in Family Trees."

He argues that since the paternity of 10 to 15 per cent of babies is disputed, the farther back into the past the genealogist delves, the more likely the family tree is to contain errors. [Link]
This statistic sounds about right: I dispute the paternity of 10 to 15 percent of the babies I'm accused of fathering.

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