LOGAN: Local Group Bias Detection by Clustering

10/06/2020 ∙ by Jieyu Zhao, et al. ∙ 5

Machine learning techniques have been widely used in natural language processing (NLP). However, as revealed by many recent studies, machine learning models often inherit and amplify the societal biases in data. Various metrics have been proposed to quantify biases in model predictions. In particular, several of them evaluate disparity in model performance between protected groups and advantaged groups in the test corpus. However, we argue that evaluating bias at the corpus level is not enough for understanding how biases are embedded in a model. In fact, a model with similar aggregated performance between different groups on the entire data may behave differently on instances in a local region. To analyze and detect such local bias, we propose LOGAN, a new bias detection technique based on clustering. Experiments on toxicity classification and object classification tasks show that LOGAN identifies bias in a local region and allows us to better analyze the biases in model predictions.



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codes for EMNLP2020 LOGAN paper

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Code for "Local Group Bias Detection" , done as part of UCLA CS263 - Natural Language Processing by Prof. Kai Wei Chang

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