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DADI: Dynamic Discovery of Fair Information with Adversarial Reinforcement Learning

Workshop Paper by Michiel A. Bakker, Duy Patrick Tu, Humberto Riverón Valdés, Krishna P. Gummadi, Kush R. Varshney, Adrian Weller, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland

DADI: Dynamic Discovery of Fair Information with Adversarial Reinforcement Learning. NeurIPS Workshop on Human-centric Machine Learning, Vancouver, December 2019

We introduce a framework for dynamic adversarial discovery of information (DADI), motivated by a scenario where information (a feature set) is used by third parties with unknown objectives. We train a reinforcement learning agent to sequentially acquire a subset of the information while balancing accuracy and fairness of predictors downstream. Based on the set of already acquired features, the agent decides dynamically to either collect more information from the set of available features or to stop and predict using the information that is currently available. Building on previous work exploring adversarial representation learn- ing, we attain group fairness (demographic parity) by rewarding the agent with the adversary’s loss, computed over the final feature set. Importantly, however, the framework provides a more general starting point for fair or private dynamic information discovery. Finally, we demonstrate empirically, using two real-world datasets, that we can trade-off fairness and predictive performance.

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