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'''Positive bias''' is a tendency to test hypotheses with positive rather than negative examples, thus risking to miss obvious disconfirming tests.
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'''Positive''' or '''confirmation bias''' is a tendency to test hypotheses with positive rather than negative examples, thus risking to miss obvious disconfirming tests.
  
 
==Blog posts==
 
==Blog posts==
  
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/iw/positive_bias_look_into_the_dark/ Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/iw/positive_bias_look_into_the_dark/ Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/g2/positive_bias_test_c_program/ Positive Bias Test (C++ program)] by [[MBlume]]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/g2/positive_bias_test_c_program/ Positive Bias Test (C++ program)] by [[MBlume]]
  

Revision as of 08:20, 18 November 2009

Positive or confirmation bias is a tendency to test hypotheses with positive rather than negative examples, thus risking to miss obvious disconfirming tests.

Blog posts

External links

References

  • P.C. Wason (1960). "On the failure to eliminate hypotheses in a conceptual task". Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 12: 129-140.  (PDF)

See also