Contributed talk
Workshop: ICML Workshop on Algorithmic Recourse

On the Fairness of Causal Algorithmic Recourse

[ Abstract ]
Sat 24 Jul 6:30 a.m. PDT — 6:40 a.m. PDT


Algorithmic fairness is typically studied from the perspective of predictions. Instead, here we investigate fairness from the perspective of recourse actions suggested to individuals to remedy an unfavourable classification. We propose two new fairness criteria at the group and individual level, which—unlike prior work on equalising the average group-wise distance from the decision boundary—explicitly account for causal relationships between features, thereby capturing downstream effects of recourse actions performed in the physical world. We explore how our criteria
relate to others, such as counterfactual fairness, and show that fairness of recourse is complementary to fairness of prediction.