bias

1. (noun) A tendency (either known or unknown) to prefer one thing over another that prevents objectivity.

Example: A bias towards male doctors.

2. (verb) The act of showing a bias.

Example: Judging a group negatively because of their ethnicity or not accounting for students with disabilities when designing a test.

3. (verb) To influence in some way.

Example: Framing a question on survey to ensure a desired response.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: biases (biasses)
  • It is important to remember that a bias not always negative or intentional.
  • Bias skews research findings in some way due to the researcher and informant primarily, then the measurement method, and sampling procedure. This leads to questions about the reliability and validity of data.
  • The terms bias and prejudice are often used interchangeably, however prejudice is an extreme type of bias that is typically preconceived, intentional, and negative such as homophobia, racism, or sexism.
  • Researcher have to follow protocol to avoid (verb) biasing (biassing) outcomes.
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  • Bias used in sentence: Our class discussed biases in the court system.

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