An introduction to the intellectual foundations and practical utility of the recent work on fairness and machine learning.
Fairness and Machine Learning introduces advanced undergraduate and graduate students to the intellectual foundations of this recently emergent field, drawing on a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives to identify the opportunities and hazards of automated decision-making. It surveys the risks in many applications of machine learning and provides a review of an emerging set of proposed solutions, showing how even well-intentioned applications may give rise to objectionable results. It covers the statistical and causal measures used to evaluate the fairness of machine learning models as well as the procedural and substantive aspects of decision-making that are core to debates about fairness, including a review of legal and philosophical perspectives on discrimination. This incisive textbook prepares students of machine learning to do quantitative work on fairness while reflecting critically on its foundations and its practical utility.
• Introduces the technical and normative foundations of fairness in automated decision-making • Covers the formal and computational methods for characterizing and addressing problems • Provides a critical assessment of their intellectual foundations and practical utility • Features rich pedagogy and extensive instructor resources
Solon Barocas is a Principal Researcher in the New York City lab of Microsoft Research, where he is a member of the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics in AI (FATE) research group. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Moritz Hardt is Director of Social Foundations of Computation at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and coauthor of Patterns, Predictions, and Actions: Foundations of Machine Learning.
Arvind Narayanan is Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University and director of the Center for Information Technology Policy. His work was among the first to show how machine learning reflects cultural stereotypes, and he led the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project to uncover how companies collect and use our personal information.