On Fri, 8 Jun 2012 13:49:32 +1000 (EST)
Peter Ross <Peter.Ross(a)bogen.in-berlin.de> wrote:
On Fri, 8 Jun 2012, Trent W. Buck wrote:
> Jason White wrote:
> Someone told me a story once about a study of (I guess) a large
> organization's hiring procedures, trying to build an expert system
> that could automate the first rounds of hiring. Given prospective
> hires' resumes, and the list of those who had actually been hired,
> they asked the computer what the highest correlated factor was. It
> turned out to be skin colour. So they said "whoops, that wasn't the
> result we wanted" and they removed the photos from the corpus and
> asked the computer again, and it said "length of surname" --
> presumably because honkies are more likely to be called Smith than
Depending on geographcal location, there are probably more Singh's,
Kaur's, Wong's, Ng's, Oh's, Poh's than Richardson's,
Donaldson's ... So that presumptions may not be correct.
"Familiarity" with a surname is probably a better factor - but thats
harder to measure.
I once was in a temporary position (for about 3 weeks) where the
staff member in charge and to whom I was accountable to could just not
get the spelling of my surname right - on 3 separate occasions he had to
write my name down he spelt it in 3 different ways, all wrong.
It probably means if that person had to make a decision about employing
me, I would be at some disadvantage?