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Gender bias in computer programming

Gender bias in computer programming

Female coders are ‘more competent’ than males, according to a new study of 1.4m computer programmers on GitHub led by Josh Terrell at California Polytechnic State University. An analysis of users’ submissions of new code to other developers’ projects revealed that code written by women was accepted 78.6pc of the time and code written by men was accepted 74.6pc of the time. But when female coders indicated their gender, their code was less likely to be accepted: Their acceptance rate plummeted to 62.5pc. The findings suggest that women coders face a persistent gender bias.

(Source: MIT Technology Review)

Published in Dawn, Business & Finance weekly, March 14th, 2016

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