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Social Cues, Social Biases: Stereotypes in Annotations on People Images

Jahna Otterbacher

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  "publisher": "AAAI Press", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.2670019", 
  "ISBN": "978-1-57735-799-5", 
  "container_title": "Proceedings of the Sixth AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, HCOMP 2018, Z\u00fcrich, Switzerland, July 5-8, 2018", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "Social Cues, Social Biases: Stereotypes in Annotations on People Images", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>Human computation is often subject to systematic biases. We consider the case of linguistic biases and their consequences<br>\nfor the words that crowd workers use to describe people images in an annotation task. Social psychologists explain that when describing others, the subconscious perpetuation of stereotypes is inevitable, as we describe stereotype-congruent people and/or in-group members more abstractly than others. In an MTurk experiment we show evidence of these biases, which are exacerbated when an image&rsquo;s &ldquo;popular tags&rdquo; are displayed, a common feature used to provide social information to workers. Underscoring recent calls for a deeper examination of the role of training data quality in algorithmic biases, results suggest that it is rather easy to sway human judgment.</p>", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Jahna Otterbacher"
  "id": "2670019", 
  "note": "This work has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement  No 739578 and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development.\n\nCopyright \u00a9 2018, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence", 
  "event-place": "Zurich, Switzerland", 
  "version": "Accepted pre-print", 
  "publisher_place": "2275 East Bayshore Road, Suite 160 Palo Alto, California 94303", 
  "type": "paper-conference", 
  "event": "Sixth AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2018)", 
  "page": "136-144"
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