Inherent Trade-Offs in Algorithmic Fairness

Lecture | March 19 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

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Recent discussion in the public sphere about classification by algorithms has involved tension between competing notions of what it means for such a classification to be fair to different groups. We consider several of the key fairness conditions that lie at the heart of these debates, and discuss recent research establishing inherent trade-offs between these conditions. We also consider a variety of methods for promoting fairness and related notions for classification and selection problems that involve sets rather than just individuals.Â