Bias

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Bias

1. In statistics, a circumstance leading to inaccurate results because of conscious or unconscious manipulation of data. Bias is anything that reduces the randomness of the sample being tested.

2. Anything that affects a decision other than facts. For example, a company may be disinclined to expand into an area of town because it is perceived as dangerous, whether or not it actually is. Bias is thought to reduce efficiency. See also: Behavioral economics.
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Technology-driven companies have a natural bias in favor of new products and new markets, so even profitable older titles tend to suffer benign neglect from the sales force and top management.
There is a natural bias away from "tradition" in these pages, with the same scorn for that word that composers such as Gustav Mahler and conductors such as Arturo Toscanini have held.
Some have suggested other team chiefs but most taxpayers would not agree to team chiefs as a mediator since there is a natural bias.
Let me begin by saying that I take very seriously my role in FOMC proceedings and have a natural bias toward public disclosure and personal accountability.
Compoundiol tsis natural bias are the problems caused by siolle-focus, direct-question survey approaches.
Another factor might be a natural bias toward shorter words for ease of communication, as well as the adoption of English as the leading language for science.
Rowan Williams has no natural bias towards the poor.