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Penalizing Unfairness in Binary Classification

Bechavod, Yahav and Ligett, Katrina (2017) Penalizing Unfairness in Binary Classification. . (Unpublished)

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We present a new approach for mitigating unfairness in learned classifiers. In particular, we focus on binary classification tasks over individuals from two populations, where, as our criterion for fairness, we wish to achieve similar false positive rates in both populations, and similar false negative rates in both populations. As a proof of concept, we implement our approach and empirically evaluate its ability to achieve both fairness and accuracy, using datasets from the fields of criminal risk assessment, credit, lending, and college admissions.

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Ligett, Katrina0000-0003-2780-6656
Additional Information:This work was supported in part by NSF grants CNS-1254169 and CNS-1518941, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation grant 2012348, Israeli Science Foundation (ISF) grant #1044/16, a subcontract on the DARPA Brandeis Project, and the HUJI Cyber Security Research Center in conjunction with the Israel National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office.
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Binational Science Foundation (USA-Israel)2012348
Israel Science Foundation1044/16
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)UNSPECIFIED
Hebrew University of JerusalemUNSPECIFIED
Israel National Cyber BureauUNSPECIFIED
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:27 Jun 2019 22:53
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