The Mathematics of Real Life: What role do bias and extraneous variables play in decision making?
Awareness of mathematics in practice happens through intentional focus. By investigating headlines, connections to real life can be made.
In this assignment, you will select a news story, identify the use of mathematical findings within the story, uncover potential author bias, and relate bias to reader interpretation.
Create a 3- to 5-page paper (not including the title and references pages) in a Word document for your response.
Use APA format for the paper, the title page, the references page, and the in-text citations.
Develop an introduction and conclusion for your paper.
Follow the steps to complete the assignment.
Part 1: The Story
Step 1. Watch or Read
Watch or read a real news story, past or present.
Step 2. Identify
Identify the use of mathematical findings in the information presented. What did the numbers tell you?
Part 2: Potential Bias
Step 3. Uncover Bias
Behind every story is an author. What potential bias could be found with the interpretation of the data presented by the source-author or group?
Step 4. Address These Questions
What potential bias guides interpretation?
How do you make an informed decision which factors into the mathematical data and the emotional response?
What role do bias and extraneous variables play in decision making?
Step 5. Conclude
In your conclusion, provide an example of a personal bias which influences your professional choices.