bias vs biased : Common Errors in English

bias or biased

A person who is influenced by a bias is biased. The expression is not “they’re bias,” but “they’re biased.” Also, many people say someone is “biased toward” something or someone when they mean biased against. To have a bias toward something is to be biased in its favor.See also “."
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  • n  a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
  • n  a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric
  • v  influence in an unfair way
    you are biasing my choice by telling me yours
  • v  cause to be biased
  • s  slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric
    a bias fold

  • v  influence in an unfair way
  • v  cause to be biased
  • s  favoring one person or side over another
    a biased account of the trial
News & Articles

  • Zimbabwe Electoral Body Seeks End to Media Bias
    Zimbabwe's electoral body says it will end media bias, warns against unfair poll reporting        
    June 17, 2013 - ABC News
  • Guest Post: The Unknown Unknowns And Survivor Bias
    Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog , Survivorship bias helps us understand why success stories are not what actually helps us succeed.   Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is famous for uttering a koan-like description of the epistomological ambiguity of human experience: There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.   There are known unknowns; that is ...
    June 16, 2013 - Zero Hedge
  • Mitigating Bias in Talent Management Decisions: A Case Study
    Bias is a core function of the human mind. It keeps us safe, is the source of the thousands of decisions we make every day, and yet is the cause of insularity and the source of favoritism. These are troubling to organizations and don't support their talent goals.
    June 12, 2013 - The Conference Board

  • Cut to black: James Gandolfini, in his own words
    'I think it's an exceptional place to grow up,' said Gandolfini, of New Jersey. 'But then I'm totally, completely biased.'
    June 20, 2013 - The Star-Ledger
  • Kanye West: Blood on the Leaves
    Whatever you think of Kanye West, the release of his sixth album is a big deal. I'm totally biased, I've already listened to the album probably two dozen times, and "Blood on the Leaves" is an early favorite. Read more...        
    June 19, 2013 - Gizmodo
  • ‘Totally Biased’ Host Trashes ‘Racist, Child-Killing Coward’ Zimmerman
    *W. Kamau Bell, the current host of the late night show “Totally Biased“ on FX, didn’t shy away from the chance to use his public forum the other night to voice his thoughts on the George Zimmerman murder trial. ? Unlike the jurors who are brought in to hear both sides of the case before passing [...]
    June 16, 2013 - EURweb