Calling bullshit: Data reasoning in a digital world

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Jevin West of University of Washington
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 11:30am
  • Location: Salon 1&2
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The internet and information ecosystem today is awash in bullshit: junk science, fake news, biased algorithms, predatory publishing and on and on. Jevin West, a professor at the University of Washington, co-created a course to help students with the life skill of calling BS when necessary. West  will talk about one aspect of this course: statistical trickery. This session will touch on conditional probabilities, fallacies, biases and what to make of p-values. 

Speaker Bios

  • Jevin D. West is an Assistant Professor in the Information School and Adjunct Faculty in Computer Science at the University of Washington. He is the co-founder of the DataLab and Fellow at the eScience Institute. He and his colleague, Carl Bergstrom, developed a new course on Calling BS for combatting misinformation, with a particular emphasis on data, figures, visualizations and statistics. The course is now being taught at universities around the globe. @jevinwest

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