November 27, 2015

The Accuracy Paradox

Today's episode discusses the accuracy paradox. There are cases when one might prefer a less accurate model because it yields more predictive power or better captures the underlying causal factors describing the outcome variable you are interested in. This is especially relevant in machine learning when trying to predict rare events. We discuss how the accuracy paradox might apply if you were trying to predict the likelihood a person was a bird owner.

This episode references data found in the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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