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Predicting Recidivism: a Case Study for Biased Algorithms

Predicting Recidivism: a Case Study for Biased Algorithms

If you are arrested and charged with a crime, you generally experience the following sequence of events: A grand jury decides whether there is sufficient evidence for a trial. A judge decides whether you can be out on bail while awaiting a trial. If the punishment is sufficiently severe, a jury decides whether there is...
On Biology, Diversity, and Tech

On Biology, Diversity, and Tech

In response to ongoing diversity initiatives at Google, an employee has released a manifesto detailing why these initiatives are misguided and potentially harmful.  Since he seemed primarily concerned about women, and I am a woman in tech, I feel a need to respond.   The author opens by saying that he’s pro-diversity, but then makes...
Reproducibility: an Issue of Exploration vs Confirmation

Reproducibility: an Issue of Exploration vs Confirmation

Much has been made of the reproducibility crisis in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. There are many partial culprits: small sample size, subjects tending to come from a single weird demographic, convoluted processing pipelines, and a phenomenon that goes by several names: P hacking or Data Dredging Circular Analysis or Double Dipping HARKing (Hypothesizing After Results...