On the Direction of Discrimination: An Information-Theoretic Analysis of Disparate Impact in Machine Learning

16 Jan 2018Hao WangBerk UstunFlavio P. Calmon

In the context of machine learning, disparate impact refers to a form of systematic discrimination whereby the output distribution of a model depends on the value of a sensitive attribute (e.g., race or gender). In this paper, we propose an information-theoretic framework to analyze the disparate impact of a binary classification model... (read more)

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