Discovering fair representations in the data domain

Quadrianto, Novi, Sharmanska, Viktoriia and Thomas, Oliver (2019) Discovering fair representations in the data domain. CVPR 2019, Long Beach, California, US, June 16th - June 20th 2019. Published in: Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ISSN 2575-7075 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Interpretability and fairness are critical in computer vision and machine learning applications, in particular when dealing with human outcomes, e.g. inviting or not inviting for a job interview based on application materials that may include photographs. One promising direction to achieve fairness is by learning data representations that remove the semantics of protected characteristics, and are therefore able to mitigate unfair outcomes. All available models however learn latent embeddings which comes at the cost of being uninterpretable. We propose to cast this problem as data-to-data translation, i.e. learning a mapping from an input domain to a fair target domain, where a fairness definition is being enforced. Here the data domain can be images, or any tabular data representation. This task would be straightforward if we had fair target data available, but this is not the case. To overcome this, we learn a highly unconstrained mapping by exploiting statistics of residuals -- the difference between input data and its translated version -- and the protected characteristics. When applied to the CelebA dataset of face images with gender attribute as the protected characteristic, our model enforces equality of opportunity by adjusting the eyes and lips regions. Intriguingly, on the same dataset we arrive at similar conclusions when using semantic attribute representations of images for translation. On face images of the recent DiF dataset, with the same gender attribute, our method adjusts nose regions. In the Adult income dataset, also with protected gender attribute, our model achieves equality of opportunity by, among others, obfuscating the wife and husband relationship. Analyzing those systematic changes will allow us to scrutinize the interplay of fairness criterion, chosen protected characteristics, and prediction performance.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Fairness in machine learning
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Data Science Research Group
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0273 Probabilities. Mathematical statistics
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Depositing User: Novi Quadrianto
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 10:13
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 10:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/83076

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