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Aequitas – Center for Data Science and Public Policy
Machine Learning, AI and Data Science based predictive tools are being increasingly used in problems that can have a drastic impact on people’s lives in policy areas such as criminal justice, education, public health, workforce development and social services. Recent work has raised concerns on the risk of unintended bias in these models, affecting individuals from certain groups unfairly. While a lot of bias metrics and fairness definitions have been proposed, there is no consensus on which definitions and metrics should be used in practice to evaluate and audit these systems. Further, there has been very little empirical work done on using and evaluating these measures on real-world problems, especially in public policy.

Aequitas, an open source bias audit toolkit developed by the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at University of Chicago, can be used to audit the predictions of machine learning based risk assessment tools to understand different types of biases, and make informed decisions about developing and deploying such systems.
free-software  data-science  inequality  society  justice 
8 weeks ago by bignose
The Intertwingularity is near: When humans transcend print media
Both reproducible science and open source are necessary for collaboration at scale—the nexus for that intermingling is Jupyter.
2018  data-analytics  free-software  python  science 
10 weeks ago by bignose
Down with Pipeline debt / Introducing Great Expectations
Pipeline debt is a species of technical debt that infests backend data systems. It drags down productivity and puts analytic integrity at risk. The best way to beat pipeline debt is a new twist on automated testing: pipeline tests, which are applied to data (instead of code) and at batch time (instead of compile or deploy time).

We’re releasing Great Expectations, an open-source tool that make it easy to test data pipelines. Come take it for a spin!
2018  article  python  data-analytics  free-software  software-testing 
10 weeks ago by bignose
Microjs: Fantastic Micro-Frameworks and Micro-Libraries for Fun and Profit!
Microjs.com helps you discover the most compact-but-powerful microframeworks, and makes it easy for you to pick one that’ll work for you.
resource  javascript  ecmascript  service  free-software 
11 weeks ago by bignose
Driver
Light-weight, no-dependency, vanilla JavaScript engine to drive user's focus across the page
javascript  free-software  user-experience  web-frontend 
11 weeks ago by bignose
The Muddle Programming Language
The Muddlers website works to preserve this particular part of the Lisp family tree by recording the history and information about the language while giving credit where due, develop an interpreter to run on modern systems that maintains the spirit of the initial implementation, and serve as a resource to help fellow muddlers.

The Muddle interpreter and documentation are free software, licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, so that everyone will always have the right to study, share, and change them.
lisp  free-software  software-language 
11 weeks ago by bignose
A Rant About Git
"The end result here is that the technical deficiencies in git create a barrier to non-experts which has led us to grant an american corporation exclusive control of vast swathes of the FOSS commons. This will not end well."
git  warelogging  tech  free-software  free-culture  decentralization  federation  version-control 
12 weeks ago by brennen

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