My Transition From Academia to a Startup

Decolonization

Starting with my academic career and now at my work in a Health-tech startup I have many questions, doubts and discomfort about the satus quo. This blog is a collection of my thoughts and self-education research spanning a range of topics and over several years. When I started I was...
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Recidivism and Algorithmic Bias

Decolonization

In the previous post I said that the problematic-ness of current recidivism models (ie algorithms which predict the risk of a person who committed a crime re-offending) cannot be conceptualized using only statistical knowledge. In this post I will try to quickly explain the background of this issue, show algorithmically...
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Decolonizing Recidivism Models

Decolonization

It has been a while since I posted because I have been going deep in my research about the so-called “science” of recidivism modeling (ie predicting the risk that a person convicted of a crime re-offends). There are many types of recidivism prediction algorithms which are used and misused on...
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Eugenics and Statistics Part Two, Reflections and Implications

Decolonization

In the previous post I gave an historical overview of Karl Pearson and Ronald Fishers’ research and careers. They were the leading statisticians of the age and explicitly endorsed settler colonialism and population eugenics on a global scale. In retrospect, however, their views are no less disturbing than the fact...
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Eugenics and Statistics, Discussing Karl Pearson and R. A. Fisher

Galton's Labs

It is impossible to see the need to decolonize without knowing history; likewise, it is impossible to see how to decolonize without understanding history. This is not an easy history to bear but, as statisticians, it is an important one. In my own journey towards higher decolonial thinking it is...
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Decolonization can be hard to see...

Decolonization Trigonometry

C K Raju is an Indian mathematician, physicist, post-colonial philosopher, historian and part time statistician. Most of this post is taken directly from a talk he gave at MIT about the imperialism of expecting the post-colonial world to teach according to the MIT/Harvard MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) curriculum for...
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A Motivation for Decolonizing Statistics

Decolonization

For a white middle-class, American, cis-gendered, heterosexual man like me, going through life doesn’t require much. I am not required to think about my positionality, or why the world exists as it does. I am not forced to recognize my privilege, or to justify my importance in the world. I...
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