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Ethics should be a part of Data Science Training


Over three quarters of Data Scientists support including ethics in Data Science training, and code of ethics is already a part of CAP certification and a part of UN Statistics division declaration.



Latest KDnuggets Poll asked:
Should Data Science Include Ethics Training?.

A fragment of Hippocratic Oath Overwhelming majority (76%) answered yes, 17% said no, and only 7% were not sure. This poll was based on 324 voters.

Voters commented that The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification includes a Code of Ethics. There is also a declaration of professional ethics by the United Nations Statistics Division (see below).

However, finding a line that divides ethical data mining from non-ethical and resolving the thorny issues of individual privacy vs common good will remain as hard in Data Science as it is in other areas of life.

Regional distribution showed especially strong support (90%) for ethics training in Asia, and slightly larger opposition (26%) in Europe and in Africa/Middle East (45%).

Should Data Science Include Ethics Training?

Region (%Voters)% Yes% Not sure% No
USA/Canada (47%) 82% 5.3% 13%
Europe (31%) 64% 9.9% 26%
Asia (12%) 90% 5% 5%
Australia/NZ (3.4%) 73% 9.1% 18%
Africa/Middle East (3.4%) 45% 9.1% 45%
Latin America (3.1%) 80% 10% 10%


Comments

Symeon, Data Science and ethics
What is ethical and what is not??
in my opinion what is ethical is in line with time and place. Things that are ethical now and here weren't ethical in an other period and maybe are not ethical in other places of the world. On the other hand science is the passion for pure knowledge. Science has nothing to do with ethics. Science is the truth, a pure light which doesn't care about what humans call ethical or unethical. Scientist are looking or better they are called by this light. The real question is should scientist share this truth with the common people...?

Gregory Piatetsky, Editor, Statistician code of ethics
Fernando,
interesting UN document, but it is dates from 1985 and very long. I wonder how many statisticians have actually read it. I think a code of ethics should be short and easy to remember to be effective. Think "10 commandments".

Fernando Reis, Official statistics code of conduct
Official statisticians have a code of conduct. See here a declaration of professional ethics by the United Nations Statistics Division.

Scott Nestler, Code of Analytics for Analytics Professionals
The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification includes a Code of Ethics. You can read it (and see links to some of the references that were used in developing it) at: www.certifiedanalytics.org/ethics.php

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