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Proxy Variables

1/15/2019
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Episode 19: Proxy Variables – Show Notes This quick, informational segment introduces the concept of proxy variables. In short, proxy variables are data elements used in place of something that may be more pertinent but also more difficult to measure. It also touches on confounding and lurking variables – in case you wanted a dose […] The post Proxy Variables appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:06:03

Train Transparently

1/8/2019
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Episode 18: Train Transparently – Show Notes As algorithms are created and unleashed upon the world, it is crucial to understand not only what they are but how they came to be. The best way to accomplish this before chaos is wreaked is to train transparently – meaning to let people know what is going […] The post Train Transparently appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:14:31

Seasons Greetings from Lexy and Marie

12/28/2018
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Season’s greetings to you! Thank you for joining us this year for the Data Science Ethics Podcast. We’re loving this an we’re thrilled for what’s still to come. We’ve got some great topics on deck for 2019 and are continuing to make progress towards launching the members only podcast. We look forward to having you […] The post Seasons Greetings from Lexy and Marie appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:00:39

Daylight Savings Time and Confirmation Bias

11/27/2018
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Episode 17: Daylight Savings Time and Confirmation Bias – Show Notes This episode was inspired by a clear lack of sleep. Today, we are discussing confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is when people seek out only the evidence that supports their point of view while dismissing contrary evidence. An example might be a smoker highlighting a […] The post Daylight Savings Time and Confirmation Bias appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:11:28

Moral Machine and We Get Stumped

11/7/2018
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Episode 16: The Moral Machine – Show Notes MIT conducted a long-term study called the Moral Machine that spanned the globe. It posed seemingly-simply questions about what a driverless car should do. These were variations on the trolley problem – a classic ethical dilemma about whether the driver of a runaway trolley should avoid striking […] The post Moral Machine and We Get Stumped appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:19:37

Reputational Risk and Data Transparency

10/30/2018
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Episode 15: Transparency and Reputational Risk – Show Notes Between the mortgage crisis, Madoff Scandall, and Wells Fargo’s fraudulent account openings, banks have had a rough go of it. They have become increasingly aware and sensitive to the effects of reputational risk. To counter these possible problems, many banks have implemented more stringent policies for […] The post Reputational Risk and Data Transparency appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:25:33

Become a Member

10/26/2018
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Hi listeners. This is Lexy with the Data Science Ethics Podcast. Today, I’ve got a special announcement. We are gearing up to launch the members only podcast! As we teased in the introductory episode, the members only podcast explores data science ethics in pop culture. Our first topic is an episode of Star Trek: The […] The post Become a Member appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:02:37

Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator

10/23/2018
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Episode 14: Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator – Show Notes Data Translator is a new title coming up in the business world over the last few years. This role is an intermediary between those requesting data science work and the data scientists. It’s sort of like a business analyst but for analytics projects. To […] The post Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:20:29

All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap

10/11/2018
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Episode 13: All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap – Show Notes Many people, civilians and military personnel alike, use fitness trackers every day to keep tabs on their health. They track everything from steps to heart rate to sleep cycles. With some manual input, they can also balance other aspects of personal health and […] The post All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:26:52

Blockchain Gives Us Hope

10/1/2018
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Episode 12: Blockchain Gives Us Hope – Show Notes In our last episode on Deepfake, we mentioned blockchain as a possible solution for identifying authentic versus altered audio and video. In today’s episode, we look at a number of ways that blockchain can and is already providing positive impact in the world. In addition to its […] The post Blockchain Gives Us Hope appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:25:38

Deepfake

9/24/2018
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Episode 11: Deepfake – Show Notes Deepfake is the process of using computer vision to generate realistic fake audio or video where a performance from one person appears to be coming from another. This technology, once the brainchild of academia, was taken into the corporate world to help make image and audio editing more efficient. […] The post Deepfake appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:32:47

Anticipate Adversaries

9/10/2018
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Episode 10: Anticipate Adversaries – Show Notes Adversaries to an algorithm or system can come in many guises and at many times in the data science process. Their contexts vary from well-intentioned to nefarious. In this episode, we talk about different types of adversaries and how to anticipate adversaries. Well-Intentioned Adversaries Business users who have […] The post Anticipate Adversaries appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:16:15

Consider Context

8/23/2018
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Episode 9: Consider Context – Show Notes Algorithms do not operate in a vacuum. They operate in the context of a specific business, industry, problem, group of people, time frame, and more. Algorithms impact people and processes in the course of their use. The charge of an ethical data scientist is to develop solutions which […] The post Consider Context appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:16:47

Love Ahoy! How OKCupid Tested Anchoring Bias

8/16/2018
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Episode 8: Love Ahoy! How OKCupid Tested Anchoring Bias – Show Notes In 2014, OKCupid revealed they had conducted an experiment to test the effects of showing false compatibility rates to users. The experiment was designed to test whether their algorithm was truly generating more meaningful conversations. There were two stages of the experiment. First, […] The post Love Ahoy! How OKCupid Tested Anchoring Bias appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:23:24

Anchoring Bias

8/12/2018
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Episode 7: Anchoring Bias – Show Notes Today we are talking about one aspect of why first impressions are so important – anchoring bias. Anchoring bias is when the first piece of information we receive about something (our first impression of ir) is weighted more heavily than it should be. Unlike statistical sampling biases, anchoring […] The post Anchoring Bias appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:10:18

Google Has a Gorilla Problem

8/2/2018
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Episode 6: Google Has a Gorilla Problem – Show Notes Google is a forerunner in many areas of data science and artificial intelligence. Yet one problem seems insurmountable for them – properly distinguishing between dark-skinned humans and gorillas. In 2015, an African-American software developer, Jacky Alciné, looking through their automatically-tagged images in Google Photos saw […] The post Google Has a Gorilla Problem appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:18:12

Hired By Algorithm

7/26/2018
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Episode 5: Hired by Algorithm – Show Notes Finding and applying for jobs is a painful task – made worse by hiring bias pervasive in the process. In today’s episode, we consider advances in helping to eliminate hiring bias from job description to interview. We call out a few of the biases lurking in HR […] The post Hired By Algorithm appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:33:15

Statistical Sampling Bias

7/19/2018
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Episode 4: Statistical Sampling Bias – Show Notes Bias sneaks in to algorithms and data science from multiple sources. Primarily, it comes from statistical or cognitive biases that then lead to biased conclusions or results. In today’s episode, we look at four types statistical sampling bias to understand how biased samples skew algorithms. [2:54] Selection […] The post Statistical Sampling Bias appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:12:08

Many Unhappy Retail Returns

7/12/2018
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Episode 3: Many Unhappy Retail Returns – Show Notes Retail returns hurt the bottom line. They cause headaches for customer service, stocking, and profitability. It doesn’t help that some people have promoted using returns policies as a way of renting items not actually needed or wanted without being out of pocket. As much as that […] The post Many Unhappy Retail Returns appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:23:26

Data Science Process

7/5/2018
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Episode 2: The Data Science Process – Show Notes Decisions made at every stage of the data science process can impact the ethics of the outcome. From data selection to hypotheses tested to interpretation, data scientists must carefully evaluate the implications of their models and outputs. In today’s episode, we delve into the data science […] The post Data Science Process appeared first on Data Science Ethics.

Duration:00:26:11