ArchiveSeptember 5, 2018

Beware the algorithm

One of my doc students studied Aviso‘s predictive analytic system on his campus, and compared their predictions to actual academic outcomes for students: he found almost no relationship. I suspect most of the early-alert systems being peddled in higher ed also have low predictive ability. But they sound cool! Law enforcement’s eagerness to use an immature technology underscores a worrisome...

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Professor and quant guy. Libertarian turned populist Republican. Trying to learn Japanese and play Spanish Baroque music on the ukulele.

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