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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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The former premier also said that having a contentious figure lead the province into elections casts severe doubts over chances of neutral polls, terming Askari's selection as unfortunate and demanded the ECP to reconsider their decision and select a fresh candidate for the post who fulfils the criteria of being neutral and unbiased
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In a press statement in Moscow, Peskov said that "Russia considers that it is unacceptable to use chemical weapons and every time in case of these allegations, the Russian side initiates an unbiased international monitoring and investigation into these cases."
Media outlets were ranked on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing "always independent and unbiased" and 5 representing "never independent".
Governor Sindh assured the members of the delegation that the inquiry of Naqeebullah case being unbiased as no one was supreme the law and the justice would be provided to the family of deceased Naqeebullah.
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Almost a fifth think they are not wealthy enough, yet the average homeowner has more than PS214,000 worth of properly alone, according to research from Prudential and unbiased.co.uk carried out to raise awareness of Write a Will Week.
Qureshi appealed the government to appoint ECP members while remaining unbiased, adding that PTI members shall abide by the constitution according to the oath they took.
In 2003 the company started BeautyBoutiques--basically a store within a store that offers unbiased access to prestige beauty.
Kazakhstan is aimed to continue constructive cooperation with international election observers, and relies on unbiased assessments of the voting results.
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The joint initiative between the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room provides unbiased data on available vehicle technologies and engages with truck and trailer builders, component manufacturers, and others who want to improve the performance of their heavy-duty vehicles.