On Biases of Attention in Scientific Discovery

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
Uriel SingerE. Horvitz


How do nuances of scientists' attention influence what they discover? We pursue an understanding of the influences of patterns of attention on discovery with a case study about confirmations of protein-protein interactions over time. We find that modeling and accounting for attention can help us to recognize and interpret biases in databases of confirmed interactions and to better understand missing data and unknowns in our fund of knowledge.

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