Fairness in Machine Learning for Online Social Systems: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | March 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Elisa Celis, Yale

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Social systems are now fueled by machine learning algorithms that facilitate and control connections and information. Simultaneously, computational systems are now fueled by people -- their interactions, data, and behavior. Consequently, there is a pressing need to design new algorithms that are socially responsible in how they learn, and
socially optimal in the manner in which they use information.
Recently, we have made initial progress in addressing such problems at
this interface of social and computational systems. In this talk, we will first understand the emergence of bias in data and algorithmic decision making and present first steps towards developing a systematic framework to control biases in classical problems such as data summarization and personalization. This work leads to new algorithms that have the ability to alleviate bias and increase diversity while often simultaneously maintaining their theoretical or empirical performance with respect to the original metrics.