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Fair Active Learning.
journal contributionposted on 2021-08-16, 16:52 authored by Hadis AnahidehHadis Anahideh, Abolfazl AsudehAbolfazl Asudeh, Saravanan Thirumuruganathan
Machine learning (ML) is increasingly being used in high-stakes applications impacting society. Therefore, it is of critical importance that ML models do not propagate discrimination. Collecting accurate labeled data in societal applications is challenging and costly. Active learning is a promising approach to build an accurate classifier by interactively querying an oracle within a labeling budget. We design algorithms for fair active learning that carefully selects data points to be labeled so as to balance model accuracy and fairness. Specifically, we focus on demographic parity - a widely used measure of fairness. Extensive experiments over benchmark datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed approach.