‘Tantalizing’ evidence doesn’t always equate to statistical accuracy

BVWireIssue #117-4
June 27, 2012

Despite the “tantalizing headline” in last week’s issue of BVWirethe item that tracked divorce decisions in the BVLaw database by SIC code, implying that healthcare professionals may be more prone to litigation—“it is disingenuous to suggest a conclusion from an analysis of a clearly nonrepresentative sample,” writes Michael Molder (Marcum) “The population you are using for your metric suffers from self-selection bias,” which does not necessarily represent the total population of divorces, he points out.

We totally agree with Molder’s analysis and appreciate (as always) the astute, empirically grounded observations from our well-educated audience. Still, we are left scratching our heads to explain why, for instance, in the past 18 months alone, there have been eight (8) published appellate decisions concerning a dental practice valuation in divorce—far outnumbering any other profession, in healthcare or other fields. Our search by SIC code was just a nonscientific way to try to get some context for the anecdotal evidence. What are your thoughts? Are some professionals more prone to divorce litigation than others? What are you seeing in your practice? Email any thoughts, scientific, statistical, or just plain subjective, to the ever-inquiring BVWire editor.

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