Probability and Algorithmic Fairness

Date & time
2–3pm Wednesday 27 July 2022

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law, Building 7, Room 7.4.1.

6 Fellows Road

Acton, ACT 2601

Dr Brian Hedden


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Jelena Gligorijevic
ANU Law and Philosophy Forum

Part of the ANU Law and Philosophy Forum series

Probability and Algorithmic Fairness

The ANU Law & Philosophy Forum is delighted to announce its third meeting in 2022: Dr Brian Hedden will present his work-in-progress on “Probability and Algorithmic Fairness”

Predictive algorithms are playing an increasingly prominent role in society, being used to predict recidivism, loan repayment, job performance, and so on. With this increasing influence has come an increasing concern with the ways in which they might be unfair or biased against individuals in virtue of their race, gender, etc. I consider a range of "statistical" tests for fairness that have been proposed and argue that only one is suitable. I conclude with general reflections on how to think about algorithmic fairness.

All are welcome to attend. This is an in-person event. If you are unable to attend in person, but wish to participate, there will also be a Zoom option, with details accessible upon registration.

The ANU Law & Philosophy Forum is an interdisciplinary group focused on issues spanning law and philosophy. Its core purpose is to promote research, discussion, and exchanges on various topics in law and philosophy, covering aspects of both private law and public law, and issues within both legal and political philosophy.

The Forum hosts guest speakers, holds workshops, and discusses recent scholarship of note in the field. Meetings are open to faculty members and research students from the College of Law and the School of Philosophy, and friends and colleagues of both.


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    Dr Brian Hedden

    Dr Brian Hedden is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, in the Research School of Social Sciences, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences. Dr Hedden’s research focuses on the nature of rationality, including rational belief-formation and rational decision-making, and he has published widely on the subject, including on time-slice-centric conceptions of rationality, the debate over evidential and causal decision theories, and the objectivity of evidential support. He also works in the related areas of ethics and political philosophy, including collective action problems, algorithmic fairness, and legal evidence.


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