Han Zhao, Amanda Coston, Tameem Adel, Geoffrey J. Gordon

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We propose a novel algorithm for learning fair representations that can simultaneously mitigate two notions of disparity among different demographic subgroups in the classification setting. Two key components underpinning the design of our algorithm are balanced error rate and conditional alignment of representations. We show how these two components contribute to ensuring accuracy parity and equalized false-positive and false-negative rates across groups without impacting demographic parity. Furthermore, we also demonstrate both in theory and on two real-world experiments that the proposed algorithm leads to a better utility-fairness trade-off on balanced datasets compared with existing algorithms on learning fair representations for classification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference on Learning Representations, ICLR 2020 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: Apr 30 2020 → …


Conference8th International Conference on Learning Representations, ICLR 2020
CityAddis Ababa
Period4/30/20 → …

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science Applications


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