The meeting point of differential privacy, accountability, interpretability, the tank detection story, clever horses in machine learning. Closely related: are the models what you would call fair?
Much work here; I understand little of it at the moment, but I keep needing to refer to papers here.
Here’s a thing that was so obvious I assumed it had already been done: (Kilbertus et al. 2017)
Recent work on fairness in machine learning has focused on various statistical discrimination criteria and how they trade off. Most of these criteria are observational: They depend only on the joint distribution of predictor, protected attribute, features, and outcome. While convenient to work with, observational criteria have severe inherent limitations that prevent them from resolving matters of fairness conclusively.
Going beyond observational criteria, we frame the problem of discrimination based on protected attributes in the language of causal reasoning. This viewpoint shifts attention from “What is the right fairness criterion?” to “What do we want to assume about the causal data generating process?” Through the lens of causality, we make several contributions. First, we crisply articulate why and when observational criteria fail, thus formalizing what was before a matter of opinion. Second, our approach exposes previously ignored subtleties and why they are fundamental to the problem. Finally, we put forward natural causal non-discrimination criteria and develop algorithms that satisfy them.
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Alain, Guillaume, and Yoshua Bengio. 2016. “Understanding Intermediate Layers Using Linear Classifier Probes,” October. http://arxiv.org/abs/1610.01644.
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Dwork, Cynthia, Moritz Hardt, Toniann Pitassi, Omer Reingold, and Richard Zemel. 2012. “Fairness Through Awareness.” In Proceedings of the 3rd Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference, 214–26. ITCS ’12. New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2090236.2090255.
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Kilbertus, Niki, Mateo Rojas-Carulla, Giambattista Parascandolo, Moritz Hardt, Dominik Janzing, and Bernhard Schölkopf. 2017. “Avoiding Discrimination Through Causal Reasoning,” June. http://arxiv.org/abs/1706.02744.
Kleinberg, Jon, Sendhil Mullainathan, and Manish Raghavan. 2016. “Inherent Trade-Offs in the Fair Determination of Risk Scores,” September. https://arxiv.org/abs/1609.05807v1.
Lash, Michael T., Qihang Lin, W. Nick Street, Jennifer G. Robinson, and Jeffrey Ohlmann. 2016. “Generalized Inverse Classification,” October. http://arxiv.org/abs/1610.01675.
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Miconi, Thomas. 2017. “The Impossibility of "Fairness": A Generalized Impossibility Result for Decisions,” July. https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.01195.
Moosavi-Dezfooli, Seyed-Mohsen, Alhussein Fawzi, Omar Fawzi, and Pascal Frossard. 2016. “Universal Adversarial Perturbations.” In. http://arxiv.org/abs/1610.08401.
Nguyen, Anh, Jason Yosinski, and Jeff Clune. 2016. “Multifaceted Feature Visualization: Uncovering the Different Types of Features Learned by Each Neuron in Deep Neural Networks.” arXiv Preprint arXiv:1602.03616. http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.03616.
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Wu, Xiaolin, and Xi Zhang. 2016. “Automated Inference on Criminality Using Face Images,” November. http://arxiv.org/abs/1611.04135.
Zemel, Rich, Yu Wu, Kevin Swersky, Toni Pitassi, and Cynthia Dwork. 2013. “Learning Fair Representations.” In Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-13), 325–33. http://machinelearning.wustl.edu/mlpapers/papers/icml2013_zemel13.