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DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.FORC.2021.2
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Jung, Christopher ; Kearns, Michael ; Neel, Seth ; Roth, Aaron ; Stapleton, Logan ; Wu, Zhiwei Steven

An Algorithmic Framework for Fairness Elicitation

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We consider settings in which the right notion of fairness is not captured by simple mathematical definitions (such as equality of error rates across groups), but might be more complex and nuanced and thus require elicitation from individual or collective stakeholders. We introduce a framework in which pairs of individuals can be identified as requiring (approximately) equal treatment under a learned model, or requiring ordered treatment such as "applicant Alice should be at least as likely to receive a loan as applicant Bob". We provide a provably convergent and oracle efficient algorithm for learning the most accurate model subject to the elicited fairness constraints, and prove generalization bounds for both accuracy and fairness. This algorithm can also combine the elicited constraints with traditional statistical fairness notions, thus "correcting" or modifying the latter by the former. We report preliminary findings of a behavioral study of our framework using human-subject fairness constraints elicited on the COMPAS criminal recidivism dataset.

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  author =	{Jung, Christopher and Kearns, Michael and Neel, Seth and Roth, Aaron and Stapleton, Logan and Wu, Zhiwei Steven},
  title =	{{An Algorithmic Framework for Fairness Elicitation}},
  booktitle =	{2nd Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing (FORC 2021)},
  pages =	{2:1--2:19},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-187-0},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2021},
  volume =	{192},
  editor =	{Ligett, Katrina and Gupta, Swati},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-138701},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.FORC.2021.2},
  annote =	{Keywords: Fairness, Fairness Elicitation}

Keywords: Fairness, Fairness Elicitation
Collection: 2nd Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing (FORC 2021)
Issue Date: 2021
Date of publication: 31.05.2021

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