Bias (disambiguation)

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Bias is an inclination towards something, or a predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, or predilection.

Bias may also refer to:

Social sciences[edit]

  • Confirmation bias, tendency of people to favor information that confirm their beliefs of hypothesis
  • Cognitive bias, any of a wide range of observer effects identified in cognitive science.
  • Cultural bias, interpreting and judging phenomena in terms particular to one's own culture
  • Funding bias, bias relative to the commercial interests of a study's financial sponsor
  • Infrastructure bias, the influence of existing social or scientific infrastructure on scientific observations
  • Media bias, the influence journalists and news producers have in selecting stories to report and how they are covered
  • Publication bias, bias towards publication of certain experimental results

Mathematics and engineering[edit]

  • Bias (statistics), the systematic distortion of a statistic
    • Biased sample, a sample falsely taken to be typical of a population
    • Estimator bias, a bias from an estimator whose expectation differs from the true value of the parameter
  • Exponent bias, the constant offset of an exponent's value
  • Personal equation, a concept in 19th- and early 20th-century science that each observer had an inherent bias when it came to measurements and observations


  • Biasing, a voltage or current added to an electronic device to move its operating point to a desired part of its transfer function
  • Grid bias of a vacuum tube, used to control the electron flow from the heated cathode to the positively charged anode
  • Tape bias (also AC bias), a high-frequency signal (generally from 40 to 150 kHz) added to the audio signal recorded on an analog tape recorder



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