bias

bias bi‧as [ˈbaɪəs] noun biases PLURALFORM [countable, uncountable]
MARKETING in market research, errors in results, usually caused by working with a group of people who are not typical of the group you want to know about, or by asking confusing questions:

• Sampling has its problems and bias must be guarded against at every step.

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bias UK US /ˈbaɪəs/ noun
[C, usually singular or U] the fact of allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment in an unfair way: »

In her view, none of the interview panel had shown any bias.

gender/racial bias »

a federal law prohibiting gender and racial bias in employment

bias against sb/sth »

The email suggested a clear bias against American products.

bias in favour of sb/sth »

The company showed a marked bias in favour of employing men.

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a clear/definite/strong bias

[C, usually singular] the fact of preferring someone or something: bias towards sb/sth »

In general, investment trusts have more of a bias towards emerging markets, including the Far East.

[C or U] the fact that information is not correct because of the method used in collecting or presenting it: »

In the market research there was a bias in the sample of people who were selected to give their opinions.

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There is a need to build in safeguards against statistical bias.

[C or U] FINANCE the fact of prices, etc. increasing or decreasing: »

Interest rates are set to have an upward bias in the next 12 months.

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a negative/downward bias

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a positive/upward bias


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Bias — [ˈbaɪəs] (englisch für ‚Verzerrung‘, oft ‚statistische Verzerrung‘, ‚Vorspannung‘ oder ‚Vorbeaufschlagung‘) bezeichnet: in der Statistik die Differenz zwischen dem Erwartungswert einer Statistik und dem zu schätzenden Objekt, siehe Verzerrung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bias — bi·as / bī əs/ n: a personal and often unreasoned judgment for or against one side in a dispute: prejudice a judge disqualified because of bias Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Bías — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Bías de Priene Bías de Priene, filósofo del siglo VI a. C. Es uno de los siete sabios de Grecia y, en opinión de muchos, como Satyrus, el más destacado de ellos. Sus conciudadanos le consultaban con… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Bias — Bi as (b[imac] as), n.; pl. {Biases} ( [e^]z). [F. biasis, perh. fr. LL. bifax two faced; L. bis + facies face. See {Bi }, and cf. {Face}.] 1. A weight on the side of the ball used in the game of bowls, or a tendency imparted to the ball, which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bias — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El término Bias hace referencia a varios artículos según su traducción. Lugares en Francia Bias, comuna francesa situada en Landas. Bias, comuna francesa situada en Lot y Garona. Significado en inglés Sesgo… …   Wikipedia Español

  • bias — [bī′əs] n. pl. biases [MFr biais, a slope, slant < OFr < OProv < ?] 1. a line, cut or sewn diagonally across the weave of cloth, as in making seams, binding tape, etc. 2. a mental leaning or inclination; partiality; bent 3. Lawn Bowling… …   English World dictionary

  • bias — [n1] belief in one way; partiality bent, bigotry, chauvinism, disposition, favoritism, flash, head set*, illiberality, inclination, intolerance, leaning, mind set*, mind trip*, narrowmindedness, one sidedness, penchant, preconception,… …   New thesaurus

  • Bias — Bi as, adv. In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bias — Désigne en principe celui qui est originaire de Bias, nom de plusieurs hameaux et de deux communes du Sud Ouest (40, 47). Sens du toponyme : chemin, route (du latin via). Le nom de famille se rencontre plus rarement en Normandie, où il pourrait… …   Noms de famille

  • bias — n prejudice, prepossession, partiality, *predilection Analogous words: slant, standpoint, *point of view, viewpoint, angle: Meaning, propensity: inclining or inclination, predisposition, disposition (see corresponding verbs at INCLINE) Contrasted …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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