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Is there a difference between how women describe their husbands and what they really feel?
9 October 2018
Everybody lies and what internet can tell us about who we are is an interesting book about making sense about people's thoughts are biases from from finding out what people are searching on the internet.
The author has worked on the assumptions
- the responses that people give to surveys are what makes them look socially good. However, what they are searching gives clues to what they are thinking and what their biases are.
- The anonymity of their searches allows them to ask questions about things that they may not try to find out in the presence of people e.g., as the author says there sexless marriages, their mental health issues, etc.
- The data available from the internet cannot otherwise be obtained, so it opens up new areas to research which was not possible earlier on or areas that are poorly understood now.
- Language used give clues to thinking at that point of time
On the way, the author describes the results of some of the data analysis that they have done e.g., racial biases in united States, sexual orientation and sexual behaviour of americans, the different between what the women say about their husband and the way they probably feel about them, how to identify good race horses, why does violence come down when movies with violence are getting filmed, chances of breaking out of poverty, etc.
Otherwise, the author asks the same questions that a lot of other data scientists have said in the past:
- Ask the right questions
- Find the right data
- Events happenning together does not imply a causal effect relationship
- Predict and just explain
All in all it is a fun and an easy book to read. I enjoyed it and give it my highest rating.
the author believes that language gives clues to how people are