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.
3. (verb) To influence in some way.
Example: Framing a question on survey to ensure a desired response.
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- 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.
- Bias used in sentence: Our class discussed biases in the court system.
- ecological fallacy
- value neutrality
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How to Cite the Definition of Bias
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “bias.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 23, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/bias/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
bias. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/bias/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “bias.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 23, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/bias/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“bias.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 23 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/bias/>.