Medical History Matters in Era of Big Data

July 29, 2020

By Eric Bock

Scientists involved in machine learning often don’t know the origins of the datasets they use to write and test algorithms, including where the Pima Indians Diabetes Database (PIDD) came from, explained Dr. Joanna Radin at a recent virtual NLM history talk. 

“The history of the PIDD makes political and economic subjectivity visible in ways that are of enormous consequence to practitioners and participants in medical and machine learning,” said Radin, associate professor of the history of medicine and history at Yale University.

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