re·​cen·​cy | \ ˈrē-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce recency (audio) \

Definition of recency

: the quality or state of being recent

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The complexity of election decisions is why recency bias can make elections oversensitive to events nearest in time to the vote. Jennifer Victor, Vox, "What good are elections, anyway?," 30 Oct. 2018 While such a tragic spate is unprecedented in speed climbing on El Capitan, recency forces contemplation. Kelly Cordes, Outside Online, "Even Tommy Caldwell Questioned the Nose Speed Record," 13 June 2018 Considering the state of the state's finances and the recency of the last renovation (2011), a Superdome renovation sounds like a want rather than a need or a must, to use Sean Payton parlance. Jeff Duncan,, "Landing 2024 Super Bowl is first step in a series of big ones for New Orleans sports," 26 May 2018 Well, our brains are basically set up for recency bias. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: In Praise of 10 Superbly Written TV Series," 23 May 2018 This is where the recency effect can get in the way of what the committee is really looking at in the full body of work. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Here are the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament bracket on Selection Sunday," 11 Mar. 2018 Though he’s been mostly forgotten because of sports’ obsession with recency bias, Bruce Pickens had long been regarded as one of the league’s great draft busts. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Every NFL team's best and worst first round draft picks of all time," 26 Apr. 2018 In sports, recency bias often plays into personnel decisions. Joan Niesen,, "The Opportunity in Front of Jalen Hurts," 20 Apr. 2018 But, holy recency bias — did that one game get the talking heads going. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Donte DiVincenzo is a better NBA prospect than Trae Young, according to the talking heads," 3 Apr. 2018

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1612, in the meaning defined above

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