On Modeling Human Perceptions of Allocation Policies with Uncertain Outcomes

  title={On Modeling Human Perceptions of Allocation Policies with Uncertain Outcomes},
  author={Hoda Heidari and Solon Barocas and Jon M. Kleinberg and Karen E. C. Levy},
  journal={Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Economics and Computation},
Many policies allocate harms or benefits that are uncertain in nature: they produce distributions over the population in which individuals have different probabilities of incurring harm or benefit. Comparing different policies thus involves a comparison of their corresponding probability distributions, and we observe that in many instances the policies selected in practice are hard to explain by preferences based only on the expected value of the total harm or benefit they produce. In cases… 

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