Posts Tagged ‘ Bias ’

Primer on the limitation of current AI

December 7, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep and Columbia's MS in Applied Analytics, discusses an article by Rodney Brooks (MIT) on the future of AI.

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A rare article about the AI revolution worth your time

December 5, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, author of Numbersense and founder of Principal Analytics Prep, discusses an article in MIT's Technology Review about the AI deep learning revolution

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Another day, another fake data scandal… This time, it’s Twitter

October 26, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, author of Numbersense and founder of Principal Analytics Prep, sees a crisis of confidence in self-reported non-financial metrics by technology upstarts. He calls for third-party auditing.

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The Whole Foods pricing trick

October 23, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep, discusses some market research about pricing changes at Whole Foods after the Amazon acquisition.

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Naive analysis is naive: debate about college admissions

August 24, 2017
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Naive analysis is naive: debate about college admissions

Kaiser Fung, author of Numbers Rule Your World and founder of Principal Analytics Prep, discusses why naive analysis of data hurts the debate over affirmative action.

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The imprecision of data, subway edition

July 19, 2017
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The imprecision of data, subway edition

Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep, draws practical lessons from a CUNY advertisement in the subway train

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Why Tesla owners pay more for insurance

June 6, 2017
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A nice article in Zerohedge about the recent rate hike for Tesla owners (link). Of course, Tesla is crying foul. The gist of the story is that Tesla owners tend to get into more crashes and the repair cost is higher than for other brands. The former is a matter of statistics - but also self-selection: in my limited encounters, the first things Tesla owners tell me about their cars…

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Book review: Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

May 15, 2017
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Book review: Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep, discusses Seth Stephens-Davidowitz's new book, Everybody Lies

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The Times agrees on privacy and kind of on fake news business

May 11, 2017
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The New York Times Magazine has been publishing some pieces that directly relate to a couple of my blog posts. In this article, Amanda Hess noticed that "privacy became a commodity for the rich and powerful." This echoes my blog post on "Data is the next frontier of equal rights." Hess discussed the asymmetry and hypocrisy of the situation whereby the same businesses and business executives that are wantonly stripping…

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Dispute over analysis of school quality and home prices shows social science is hard

April 24, 2017
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Dispute over analysis of school quality and home prices shows social science is hard

Most of my friends with families fret over school quality when deciding where to buy their homes. It's well known that good school districts are also associated with expensive houses. A feedback cycle is at work here: home prices surge where there are good schools; only richer people can afford to buy such homes; wealth brings other advantages, and so the schools tend to have better students, which leads to…

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