_Weapons of Math Destruction_, part 2

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Bryan Alexander

ONeil_Weapons of Math Destruction pb coverWith this post we continue our reading of Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction.  (If you’d like to catch up with the reading schedule, click here.  All posts for this reading, including the schedule one, are grouped here.)

Here I’ll summarize this week’s chapters, then offer some discussion questions.

But first, some book club business.  Last week’s reading elicited some fine comments on that post (scroll down). Elsewhere regular book club reader Tom Haymes blogged this meditation on the human role in data analytics, starting with a local baseball example.  Mike Richichi posted about last week’s reading, thinking about education and data.

Beyond the book club, Slate has a good article sketching out the recent history of disillusionment with and criticism of big data.  And I just finished Shattered, an account of the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign, which argues that overreliance on data models played…

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