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Warwick Economics lecture with Kate Vredenburgh

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Warwick Economics lecture with Kate Vredenburgh

The Department of Economics is delighted to welcome Kate Vredenburgh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics to speak at our first Warwick Economics Lecture of the 2023/24 academic year.

Algorithmic Fairness Beyond Group Error Rates

Date: Tuesday 3 October, Time: 4 - 5pm
Location: MS.01, Zeeman Building

This event is for students and staff only and registration is required in order to attend.

Dr Eman Abdulla will introduce the speaker and chair the Q&A session..

About the Talk

Algorithmic fairness metrics purport to determine whether an algorithm is fair by comparing error rates across different groups. This talk presents four criticisms of such approaches. The first criticism is that they focus on matters of fairness to the exclusion of matters of justice. The second is that they can only offer group-level evaluations of the fairness of an algorithm, not individual-level guarantees. The third is that they ignore the importance of randomness for decision-making. And the fourth is that, by focusing on errors, they elide questions of fairness that are not well described as mistakes. Kate will close by surveying new research programmes that are springing up around these criticisms.

This will be followed by a drinks reception, where you will have the opportunity to meet the speaker.

About the Speaker

Kate Vredenburgh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics.

She works in the philosophy of social science, political philosophy, and the philosophy of technology, on topics that intersect with ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics.

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