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Weapons of math destruction : how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy / Cathy O'Neil.

O'Neil, Cathy, author. (Author).
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  • 5 of 10 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Eckhart PL - Main 005.7 O'NE (Text) 840191002393408 New Nonfiction - Main Floor Available -
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 005.7 ONE (Text) 33187004161812 Nonfiction - R Checked out 04/10/2017
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Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 005.7 O'Neil (Text) 31208912484153 non-fiction Checked out 04/17/2017
Starke Co PL - Schricker Main Library (Knox) 005.7 ONE (Text) 30032010692215 NEW ADULT Checked out 04/04/2017
West Lebanon PL - West Lebanon 005.7 O'NE (Text) 74861000020026 Adult Non-Fiction Checked out 03/30/2017
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  • ISBN: 9780553418811
  • ISBN: 0553418815
  • ISBN: 9780553418835
  • ISBN: 0553418831
  • Physical Description: x, 259 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2016]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-252) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Bomb parts: What is a model? -- Shell shocked: My journey of disillusionment -- Arms race: Going to college -- Propaganda machine: Online advertising -- Civilian casualties: Justice in the age of big data -- Ineligible to serve: Getting a job -- Sweating bullets: On the job -- Collateral damage: Landing credit -- No safe zone: Getting insurance -- The targeted citizen: Civic life.
Summary, etc.: We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives -- where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance -- are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can't get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he's then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a 'toxic cocktail for democracy.' Welcome to the dark side of Big Data. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These 'weapons of math destruction' score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health. O'Neil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it's up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives.
Subject: Big data > Social aspects > United States.
Big data > Political aspects > United States.
Social indicators > Mathematical models > Moral and ethical aspects.
Democracy > United States.
United States > Social conditions > 21st century.
Soziale Ungleichheit
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance.
United States > Social conditions > 21st century.

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