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Runaway Feedback Loops in Predictive Policing

@inproceedings{Ensign2018RunawayFL,
  title={Runaway Feedback Loops in Predictive Policing},
  author={Daniel L. Ensign and Sorelle A. Friedler and Scott Neville and Carlos Eduardo Scheidegger and Suresh Venkatasubramanian},
  booktitle={FAT},
  year={2018}
}
Predictive policing systems are increasingly used to determine how to allocate police across a city in order to best prevent crime. [] Key MethodIn response, we develop a mathematical model of predictive policing that proves why this feedback loop occurs, show empirically that this model exhibits such problems, and demonstrate how to change the inputs to a predictive policing system (in a black-box manner) so the runaway feedback loop does not occur, allowing the true crime rate to be learned. Our results…

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