Biases in Data Science Lifecycle

09/10/2020
by   Dinh-An Ho, et al.
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In recent years, data science has become an indispensable part of our society. Over time, we have become reliant on this technology because of its opportunity to gain value and new insights from data in any field - business, socializing, research and society. At the same time, it raises questions about how justified we are in placing our trust in these technologies. There is a risk that such powers may lead to biased, inappropriate or unintended actions. Therefore, ethical considerations which might occur as the result of data science practices should be carefully considered and these potential problems should be identified during the data science lifecycle and mitigated if possible. However, a typical data scientist has not enough knowledge for identifying these challenges and it is not always possible to include an ethics expert during data science production. The aim of this study is to provide a practical guideline to data scientists and increase their awareness. In this work, we reviewed different sources of biases and grouped them under different stages of the data science lifecycle. The work is still under progress. The aim of early publishing is to collect community feedback and improve the curated knowledge base for bias types and solutions.

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