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The Netflix documentary “Coded Bias” deals with a major observation of modern computing: while computers may be tremendously fast, they are still dumb, and must be programmed by humans, flaws and all, to become anything more than dumb. Another major sub observation the documentary makes is that the bias carried…


In Cathy O’Neil’s chapter 9 of Weapons of Math Destruction, the discussion turns to people’s ability to get insurance. This chapter is very similar to the previous chapter about credit as credit and insurance as closely related and rely on similar principles. Because of this, I have overlapping feelings regarding…


In Cathy O’Neil’s chapter 8 of Weapons of Math Destruction, the discussion turns to credit scores. In many ways I feel the same way about this chapter as I did about chapter 7: O’Neil correctly identifies the large, looming moral problems and implies a reasonable solution (regression, essentially (this time…


In Cathy O’Neil’s chapter 7 of Weapons of Math Destruction, the discussion turns to workers’ schedules. In many ways I feel the same way about this chapter as I did about chapter 5: O’Neil correctly identifies the large, looming moral problems and implies a reasonable solution (regression, essentially), but loses…


In Cathy O’Neil’s chapter 6 of Weapons of Math Destruction, the discussion turns to personality tests and how they can determine one’s job. There is a lot of discussion in this chapter about how it is questionable and potentially illegal to discriminate based on something like the five personality test…


In Cathy O’Neil’s fourth chapter of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” she outlines, primarily, the issue of crime-based WMDs, focusing on one in particular called PredPol. She mentions how PredPol and other crime-based models will automatically begin to target areas stricken by poverty as crimes are committed much more often in…


Personally, when I think of the amount of data that I think is being used by tech companies, and the amount of processing power that goes into its analysis, even the bit that I can wrap my head around, I am sickened and confused. There is much to be said…


I am not certain the evidence for college tuition raising is a direct result of the U.S. News comes across entirely in Cathy O’Neil’s chapter, but I am willing to attribute it as a major cause. I have, first hand, seen the effect of specifically the U.S. News system and…


Cathy O’Neil’s journey to become disillusioned with WMDs (Weapons of Math Destruction) is seemingly the only way it could have happened to her. I, for one (and I think for many), have a primordial queasiness about finance in all shapes and sizes, especially that which is related to math and…


Chapter 1 of Kathy O’Neil’s book, “Weapons of Math Destruction” discusses the use of statistical models on different fields. She begins by discussing a discrete, open field that heavily relies on models: baseball. Baseball is very commonly used to train one’s statistical modelling skills for two reasons: all MLB data…

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