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How much less valuable are numbers than people think they are?

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Dr. Andy Adler

Professor, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University

January 25, 2022 11:30 - 12:30

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Medicine was practiced for thousands of years before numbers were first used by Santori to measure the pulse rate in the early 1600s. Since then diagnostic medicine has made more and more numerical measurements, with recent explosion in the context of computerization and machine learning. But how useful are numbers, really? In this talk, I will reflect on several issues associated with medical data and their interpretation: accuracy, fairness, bias, and others.


Andy Adler is a Canada Research Professor in biomedical engineering in Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His research interests broadly in the area of biomedical measurement and robust data analysis.

Last updated January 24, 2022

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