Detecting Bias in Data Analysis

How you handle your data — from cleanup through presentation — affects the results you’ll get.

Data analysis can be determined as much by external agendas as by math and science. These agendas can come from many sources — personal, political, or technical. At a personal level, analysts or managers may have vested interests in one outcome over another or may seek justification for prior claims based on intuition; they know the results the analysis should find. Politically, they may be conditioned from past decisions or be wary of the implications of an outcome.

Author: Sam Ransbotham

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