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...
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...
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...
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Brainy Breakdown: 7/21/17

Brainy Breakdown: 7/21/17

Explaining ML with food analogies. Basic but fun. The battle for fMRI cluster sizes rages on. Confirmed: Ravens are really smart! AI and Super Smash Bros, Melee Want to inspire a young potential scientist? Become their penpal! What are humans, anyway?  
Ask an MLer: P values and Permutation Tests

Ask an MLer: P values and Permutation Tests

Ask an MLer: Classification and Hypothesis Testing Often scientists want to use machine learning as an analytical tool to answer a question about a data set. However, transitioning from classification accuracy to a hypothesis test can be tricky. Today we answer a question from a neuroscientist on the subject. How can I tell if my...
Brainy Breakdown: 7/14/17

Brainy Breakdown: 7/14/17

Thanks to a tremendous effort, we’re closer than ever to understanding the drosophila brain Can you see evidence of poverty in the brain? This article is pretty upsetting – we’ll need to check out the actual papers soon. Scientific racism through the ages This includes discussion of a paper we’ve reviewed here. The value of an...