bias

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bias slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric "a bias fold"
    • v bias cause to be biased
    • v bias influence in an unfair way "you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"
    • n bias a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    • n bias a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bias A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination. "Strong love is a bias upon the thoughts.""Morality influences men's lives, and gives a bias to all their actions."
    • Bias A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias .
    • Bias A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
    • Bias A weight on the side of the ball used in the game of bowls, or a tendency imparted to the ball, which turns it from a straight line. "Being ignorant that there is a concealed bias within the spheroid, which will . . . swerve away."
    • Bias Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
    • adv Bias In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias .
    • Bias Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.
    • v. t Bias To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess. "Me it had not biased in the one direction, nor should it have biased any just critic in the counter direction."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bias An oblique or diagonal line; especially, a cut which is oblique to the texture of a fabric; hence, in dressmaking, a seam formed by bringing together two pieces thus cut; specifically, one of the front seams of a close-fitting waist: sometimes called a dart.
    • n bias In bowling, a bulge or greater weight on one side of a bowl; a difference in the shape and weight of the two sides or poles of a bowl, causing it to curve in its course toward the lighter and less bulged side; hence, the curved course of such a bowl.
    • n bias A one-sided tendency of the mind; undue propensity toward an object; a particular leaning or inclination; bent; specifically, in law, prejudice, as of a witness: used most frequently to denote prejudice and habits of thought which prevent the fair or dispassionate consideration of any subject or question.
    • n bias Synonyms Propensity, Inclination, etc. (see bent), prepossession, predisposition, predilection, partiality.
    • bias Oblique; slanting; diagonal to the outline or to the texture: now used only or chiefly of fabrics or dress: as, a bias line (in former use) in a drawing; a bias piece in a garment.
    • bias Loaded or swelled on one side, like a biased bowl.
    • bias In a slanting manner; obliquely.
    • bias To give a bias to, as a bowl; furnish with a bias. See bias, n., 2.
    • bias To incline to one side; give a particular direction to the mind of; prejudice; warp: prepossess: as, the judgment is often biased by interest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bias bī′as a bulge or greater weight on one side of a bowl (in the game of bowling), making it slope or turn to one side: a slant or leaning to one side: a one-sided inclination of the mind, prejudice: any special influence that sways the mind
    • v.t Bias to cause to turn to one side: to prejudice or prepossess:—pa.p. bī′ased or bī′assed
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Quotations

  • Richard Thalheimer
    Richard Thalheimer
    “Have a bias toward action -- let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.”
  • Thomas J. Peters
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    “Good managers have a bias for action.”
  • Lord Barnett
    Lord Barnett
    “Bias and impartiality is in the eye of the beholder.”
  • S. G. Tallentyre
    S. G. Tallentyre
    “The crowning blessing of life is to be born with a bias to some pursuit.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “To know the true reality of yourself, you must be aware not only of your conscious thoughts, but also of your unconscious prejudices, bias and habits.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. biasis, perh. fr. LL. bifax, two-faced; L. bis, + facies, face. See Bi-, and cf. Face

Usage

In literature:

As time went on the bias of the court against the accused waxed rather than waned.
"Fray Luis de León" by James Fitzmaurice-Kelly
The Codex has also been accused of theological bias; for in John i.
"Roman Mosaics" by Hugh Macmillan
It is not Catholics only who might be thought biased upon such a point, but others also who feel this.
"The Purpose of the Papacy" by John S. Vaughan
More than half is left to nature, but his scarce perceptible touches bias nature.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
This would at once give a large bias favourable to their party views in every election for members to serve in the Assembly.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
Bias counts for more in self-examination than in an examination of others.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
The accounts which we have of many other trials are so brief and so biased that it is not fair for us to hazard a judgment.
"The Women of the Caesars" by Guglielmo Ferrero
They were merely confirmatory of the already existing bias which Marathon had created.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Well, 'Bias Smith, who lives over to West Eastborough, he is the best talker we've got in town meetin'.
"Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks" by Charles Felton Pidgin
Theoretically it gives only the plainest facts, uncolored by any bias.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
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In poetry:

Night-dreams trace on Memory's wall
Shadows of the thoughts of day,
And thy fortunes, as they fall,
The bias of the will betray.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oh, listen to the plaintiff's case:
Observe the features of her face -
The broken-hearted bride!
Condole with her distress of mind -
From bias free of every kind,
This trial must be tried!
"The Usher's Charge" by William Schwenck Gilbert
When biased thinking has vanished into space
No phony facades, eight dharmas, nor hopes and fears,
A keeper and kept refined until they're gone
This way of keeping samaya, it works quite well
"The Profound Definitive Meaning" by Jetsun Milarepa
USHER And when, amid the plaintiff's shrieks,
The ruffianly defendant speaks—
Upon the other side;
What he may say you needn't mind—-
From bias free of every kind,
This trial must be tried!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
USHER Oh, listen to the plaintiff's case:
Observe the features of her face—
The broken-hearted bride.
Condole with her distress of mind:
From bias free of every kind,
This trial must be tried!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Whom nothing can procure,
When the wide world runnes bias, from his will
To writhe his limbes, and share, not mend the ill.
This is the Mark-man, safe and sure,
Who still is right, and prayes to be so still.
"Constancie" by George Herbert

In news:

A public law school faces trial over accusation of liberal bias.
Ravi was convicted of bias intimidation last week and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Conduct a ILS round robin study to update the Precision and Bias statement.
Two Nashville men want to sue ABC and the creators of "The Bachelor" for racial bias because they have yet to feature a person of color in the title role in 23 seasons.
Bias against African American professionals was found in pay, hiring, promotions, assignments, and other areas.
Either you are biased or the editor who chose "clambers" is ignorant of its connotation.
Blade shows a pro-Romney bias.
JEFF WEACHTER sounds like a parent sometimes when he talks about LeSean McCoy, biased and proud and hopeful and the rest.
Last week, I wrote about the trend in political reporters confessing their bias for an exciting, close primary race.
Conservatives see Crowley's Libya retort as bias.
Some conservatives on Twitter saw moderator Candy Crowley's response to Mitt Romney as a sign she was biased in favor of Obama.
The Jets' right-side bias is shown mostly in Shonn Greene, who ran to the right 71 times and to the left just 28 times.
Bias in a measurement system is the difference between the actual measurements taken, and the true value (often called "reference") of what is being measured.
This simple manipulation produced a significant bias.
Rutgers' urban bias gives Newark campus short shrift .
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In science:

Allowing for a shift in the overall amplitude with a bias factor b where P (k)P SC z = b2P (k), we obtain a best-fitting bias b = 4.5 with a χ2 = 155 which is an extremely poor fit to 22 data points with one free parameter.
CMB Constraints on a Baryonic Dark Matter-Dominated Universe
On the other hand, according to a result based on the study of a random walk, it is known that the probability of laminar length(L) is proportional to L−3/2 e−L/Ls , where Ls is the length at which the systematic drift due to the bias and the diffusion spread of random variable without bias become comparable [5,7,14].
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
In the simplest version of exponential biasing, the inter collision distance is sampled from the importance density b exp(−bx), where the biasing parameter b has to be optimized for minimum variance.
Monte Carlo: Basics
This collection deficit is conjectured to be induced by a parasitic path to the bias grid, introduced to apply reverse bias to all the pixel cells during wafer testing of the devices .
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
We see that amplitude estimates are biased when the source locations are estimated, and that the bias is larger for Ψ.
On Optimal Detection of Point Sources in CMB Maps
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