Fair and Useful Cohort Selection [article]

Konstantina Bairaktari and Paul Langton and Huy L. Nguyen and Niklas Smedemark-Margulies and Jonathan Ullman
2022 arXiv   pre-print
A challenge in fair algorithm design is that, while there are compelling notions of individual fairness, these notions typically do not satisfy desirable composition properties, and downstream applications based on fair classifiers might not preserve fairness. To study fairness under composition, Dwork and Ilvento introduced an archetypal problem called fair-cohort-selection problem, where a single fair classifier is composed with itself to select a group of candidates of a given size, and
more » ... sed a solution to this problem. In this work we design algorithms for selecting cohorts that not only preserve fairness, but also maximize the utility of the selected cohort under two notions of utility that we introduce and motivate. We give optimal (or approximately optimal) polynomial-time algorithms for this problem in both an offline setting, and an online setting where candidates arrive one at a time and are classified as they arrive.
arXiv:2009.02207v2 fatcat:rfezz2fezjccdopls4yzknpofa