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UVA Data Points - Creating a Biased-Free Job Board with Matthew Thomas

Creating a Biased-Free Job Board with Matthew Thomas

UVA Data Points

09/15/22 • 28 min

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This bonus episode features Matthew Thomas, a data scientist at Inclusively and a graduate of the UVA M.S. in Data Science program. He talks about how Inclusively works to create and maintain a job board designed specifically for job seekers with disabilities. Matthew explains how typical job boards come with many built-in biases that can screen out qualified individuals without them even knowing. He discusses the challenges of removing biases from algorithms and the importance of honesty and self-criticism when examining a data science project.

As Cathy O’Neil challenged in Episode 1 of UVA Data Points, we should always ask ourselves, “For whom does this fail?” Matthew’s work is a good illustration of this sentiment in practice. In addition to discussing his work, Matthew also gives solid career advice for anyone seeking a similar career path in data science.

09/15/22 • 28 min

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