What If I Don't Like Any Of The Choices? The Limits of Preference Elicitation for Participatory Algorithm Design

13 Jul 2020  ·  Samantha Robertson, Niloufar Salehi ·

Emerging methods for participatory algorithm design have proposed collecting and aggregating individual stakeholder preferences to create algorithmic systems that account for those stakeholders' values. Using algorithmic student assignment as a case study, we argue that optimizing for individual preference satisfaction in the distribution of limited resources may actually inhibit progress towards social and distributive justice... Individual preferences can be a useful signal but should be expanded to support more expressive and inclusive forms of democratic participation. read more

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