Proxy Non-Discrimination in Data-Driven Systems [article]

Anupam Datta, Matt Fredrikson, Gihyuk Ko, Piotr Mardziel, Shayak Sen
2017 arXiv   pre-print
Machine learnt systems inherit biases against protected classes, historically disparaged groups, from training data. Usually, these biases are not explicit, they rely on subtle correlations discovered by training algorithms, and are therefore difficult to detect. We formalize proxy discrimination in data-driven systems, a class of properties indicative of bias, as the presence of protected class correlates that have causal influence on the system's output. We evaluate an implementation on a
more » ... us of social datasets, demonstrating how to validate systems against these properties and to repair violations where they occur.
arXiv:1707.08120v1 fatcat:foscoggsffhithhsnyzipqwqei