Thought for the month

“To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.” Lao Tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE).

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Dangerous tools?
A paper at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting has questioned whether we are producing erroneous science by the use of machine learning algorithms. The concern being that these tools have been developed specifically to find interesting things in datasets and so when they search through huge amounts of data they will inevitably find a pattern. A lack of reproducibility in science may also be a result. Others suggest that it is not the tools but how they are used that produces problems.

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