Computer algorithms can be biased, but U. team says it can fix problem

SALT LAKE CITY — Computers may be designed to be neutral in the way they operate, but research conducted by a scientist at the University of Utah indicates that they may only be as unbiased as the people who program them. A team of computer scientists from the University of Utah, University of Arizona and Haverford College in Pennsylvania has developed a method to determine whether an algorithm used for hiring decisions, loan approvals and other significant responsibilities could be biased similar to a human being. An algorithm is a procedure or formula used for solving a problem. The research suggests that software might appear to operate without predisposition or preference because it strictly uses computer code to reach conclusions — one of the main reasons many companies often use…


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