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Roberta gives a seminar for Reykjavik University and the Gran Sasso Science
September 22, 2021 @ 15:00 - 16:00
Quantifying biases in science
Every day our life is made easier by efficient measures and algorithms that search and rank scientific information. Yet, these algorithms have an issue: they are trained on citations, which are ingrained with human biases. Therefore the output is inherently biased too, creating inequalities, raising concerns of discrimination, even harming economic growth. I will present research focusing on quantifying bias in publication data. The overarching goal of this research is to uncover the mathematical bias mechanisms that, given the same quality, drive different citation trajectories, and use them to create fair algorithms.