Bias is a statistical term which means a systematic deviation from the true value. It is a sampling procedure that may show some serious problems for the researcher as it cannot be reduced by a mere increase in sample size. Bias is the difference between the expected value and the real value of the parameter. In this article, we are going to discuss the classification of bias and its different types.
Bias Definition in Statistics
In statistics, bias is a term which defines the tendency of the measurement process. It means that it evaluates the over or underestimation of the value of the population parameter. Let us consider an example, in case you have the rule to evaluate the mean of the population. Hopefully, you might have found an estimation using the rule, which is the true reflection of the population. Now, by using the bias estimator, it is easy to find the difference between the true value and the statistically expected value of the population parameter.
Types of Bias
The following are the different types of biases, which are listed below-
- Selection Bias
- Spectrum Bias
- Cognitive Bias
- Data-Snooping Bias
- Omitted-Variable Bias
- Exclusion Bias
- Analytical Bias
- Reporting Bias
- Funding Bias
Classification of Bias
The bias is mainly categorized into two different types
Measurement bias takes place for the duration of the carrying out the survey and it consequences chiefly because of three reasons –
(i) The error happens while recording the data
While recording data, errors happen due to the malfunction of instruments that are used for data collection or because of ineffective handling of these tools by the researchers concerned with data collection.
(ii) Leading Questions
The questions prepared for the survey might be put in a manner to lead the responses that are preferred by the researcher. There can be more choices for the preferred retort given than for the conflicting views.
(iii) Inadvertent false responses were given by respondents
There can be a situation when many responders may have misunderstood the question and chooses an incorrect option. If the sample groups composed of numerous old people and if they asked to give answers by remembering their previous experiences, they might be providing some false inputs because of deficiency of memory.
Non-Representative Sampling Bias
Non-representative sampling bias also referred to as selection bias. This inaccuracy occurs because of implementing random methods during the selection process. This results in an excess representation of some of the elements in the population. All the samples collected using convenience sampling are caused by bias. These type of situation are called as under coverage bias.
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