Definition[edit | edit source]

Artificial intelligence[edit | edit source]

Bias is

an inclination of prejudice towards or against a person, object, or position. Bias can arise in many ways in AI systems. For example, in data-driven AI systems, such as those produced through machine learning, bias in data collection and training can result in an AI system demonstrating bias. In logic-based AI, such as rule-based systems, bias can arise due to how a knowledge engineer might view the rules that apply in a particular setting. Bias can also arise due to online learning and adaptation through interaction. It can also arise through personalisation whereby users are presented with recommendations or information feeds that are tailored to the user's tastes. It does not necessarily relate to human bias or human-driven data collection. It can arise, for example, through the limited contexts in which a system in used, in which case there is no opportunity to generalise it to other contexts. Bias can be good or bad, intentional or unintentional. In certain cases, bias can result in discriminatory and/or unfair outcomes, indicated in this document as unfair bias.[1]

General[edit | edit source]

Bias is

[t]he difference between the measured or expected value of a random variable and the corresponding true or assigned value.[2]
[a] measure of how closely the mean value in a series of replicate measurements approaches the true value.[3]

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