Escaping the 'Impossibility of Fairness': From Formal to Substantive Algorithmic Fairness

  title={Escaping the 'Impossibility of Fairness': From Formal to Substantive Algorithmic Fairness},
  author={Ben Green},
  journal={InfoSciRN: Machine Learning (Sub-Topic)},
  • Ben Green
  • Published 9 July 2021
  • Computer Science
  • InfoSciRN: Machine Learning (Sub-Topic)
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