What are bias?

  • (noun): A partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation.
    Synonyms: prejudice, preconception
    See also — Additional definitions below

Bias

Bias is an inclination to present or hold a partial perspective at the expense of (possibly equally valid) alternatives. Anything biased generally is one-sided, and therefore lacks a neutral point of view. Bias can come in many forms and is often considered to be synonymous with prejudice or bigotry.

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Some articles on bias:

College Basketball On ESPN - Coverage - Criticism
... ESPN is often accused of having a bias towards certain teams, including the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), particularly the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels ... sports coverage on a variety of platforms, suggesting the bias may have a financial motivation ... Although his bias towards Duke is widely speculated by many, he is also believed to favor the entire ACC in general, including Duke's rival, North Carolina ...
Lead Time Bias
... Lead time bias is the bias that occurs when two tests for a disease are compared, and one test (the new, experimental one) diagnoses the disease earlier ...
Problems With Listwise Deletion
... the subjects' data will be excluded from analysis leaving a bias in data findings ... This may create a bias as participants who do divulge this information may have different characteristics than participants who do not ... missing data that attempts to eliminate this bias ...
Self-enhancement - Constraints - Social Context and Relationships
... cooperate on a task, they do not exhibit a self-serving attribution bias ... however do exhibit a self-serving attribution bias ... Where no self-serving bias is exhibited in a relationship, a betrayal of trust in the relationship will reinstate the self-serving bias ...
Criticism Of ESPN - Bias Towards Certain Teams and Players
... See also East Coast Bias and Media bias ESPN has been known to have a bias towards certain teams and a "love affair" with superstar players such as Brett Favre, LeBron James, Tim Tebow, Tom Brady ... Penn State Nittany Lions football (perceived by many as negative bias), the Southeastern Conference (during college football season), and Duke Blue Devils ... Tonight has been the target of criticism because of its perceived bias in favor of certain teams such as the Boston Red Sox and the New York teams, in particular ...

More definitions of "bias":

  • (noun): A line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric.
    Synonyms: diagonal
  • (adj): Slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric.
    Example: "A bias fold"
  • (verb): Influence in an unfair way.
    Example: "You are biasing my choice by telling me yours"

Famous quotes containing the word bias:

    The solar system has no anxiety about its reputation, and the credit of truth and honesty is as safe; nor have I any fear that a skeptical bias can be given by leaning hard on the sides of fate, of practical power, or of trade, which the doctrine of Faith cannot down-weigh.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)