Originally Posted by SRH970:
M&S were two former LEO's that tried to quantify something that many talked about but had never bothered to actually study.
The M&S works are valuable in the sense that many can along to decry them but few would bother to try to come up with better information. They tried to compile the available information from actual documented shootings and make something useful out of it.
The noisiest critic was Maarten van Maanen of the now defunct International Wound Ballistics Association. See Section 71
Strangely, members of the IWBA were generally from the camp knows as Jello Junkies.
van Maanen's was a very thorough statistical analysis of M&S's "study".
There are others, I've posted them elsewhere on this 'site, but they seem to be a good fit here:
Too Good to be True, Wishful Thinking?, The Best Defense
by M. Fackler and C.E. Peters
Discrepancies in the Marshall & Sanow "Data Base": An Evaluation Over Time
by M. van Maanan
Sanow Strikes (Out) Again
by D. MacPherson
There used to be a time when I thought that M&S's "study" should be struck from the 'net for all of its falsity, but now I'd just as soon see it remain as an example for all of exactly what a fraudulent statistical model looks like.