Certifying and Removing Disparate Impact

  title={Certifying and Removing Disparate Impact},
  author={M. Feldman and S. Friedler and J. Moeller and C. Scheidegger and S. Venkatasubramanian},
  booktitle={KDD '15},
  • M. Feldman, S. Friedler, +2 authors S. Venkatasubramanian
  • Published in KDD '15 2015
  • Computer Science, Mathematics
  • What does it mean for an algorithm to be biased? In U.S. law, unintentional bias is encoded via disparate impact, which occurs when a selection process has widely different outcomes for different groups, even as it appears to be neutral. This legal determination hinges on a definition of a protected class (ethnicity, gender) and an explicit description of the process. When computers are involved, determining disparate impact (and hence bias) is harder. It might not be possible to disclose the… CONTINUE READING
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