Small Business Classification By Name: Addressing Gender and Geographic Origin Biases

12/18/2020 ∙ by Daniel Shapiro, et al. ∙ 0

Small business classification is a difficult and important task within many applications, including customer segmentation. Training on small business names introduces gender and geographic origin biases. A model for predicting one of 66 business types based only upon the business name was developed in this work (top-1 f1-score = 60.2 are explored: replacing given names with a placeholder token, and augmenting the training data with gender-swapped examples. The results for these approaches is reported, and the bias in the model was reduced by hiding given names from the model. However, bias reduction was accomplished at the expense of classification performance (top-1 f1-score = 56.6 training data with gender-swapping samples proved less effective at bias reduction than the name hiding approach on the evaluated dataset.

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