MIT CSAIL to Fight AI Bias

As reported, bias in AI leads to poor search results or user experience
19 November 2018   235

A team of scientists from the Laboratory of Informatics and Artificial Intelligence MIT has published a paper dedicated to the fight against the misconceptions that arise in neural networks in the learning process. The main attention is paid to the problem of preserving the accuracy of predicted AI results.

Since scientists have been trying to cope with the problem of discriminatory misconceptions of AI for the first year, there are traditional methods of operations in this area. Usually, for correcting training, a certain amount of information is added to the data set, which allows the neural network to obtain more accurate data on a particular sample.

Thus, in one experiment, the AI ​​should have noted the expected level of income of individuals in the presented selection. As a result of a discriminatory misconception that appeared in the process of learning, AI twice as often marked men as individuals with high incomes. Increasing the number of female profiles in a training dataset allowed us to reduce the error by 40%.

The problem with traditional methods is that the data sets prepared in this way do not reflect the actual distribution of the population. This increases the fallacy of predictions issued by AI.

In their work “Why Is My Classifier Discriminatory?” Scientists offer several possible solutions to the problem. They believe that increasing the size of the training dataset without changing the proportions of the represented gender, social and racial groups will allow the AI ​​to cope with discriminatory errors independently. According to the researchers, the collection of additional information from the same source that provided the initial data packet will avoid covariant bias.

This method can be costly, as it will have to pay for the work of specialists marking up additional data. However, researchers are confident that in many cases such costs will be justified.

The second option is clustering groups of the population most vulnerable to discrimination and the subsequent separate processing of these clusters with the introduction of additional variables. Scientists suggest using this method when obtaining additional data is difficult or impossible.

Facebook to Release PyTorch 1.0

This release added support for large cloud platforms, a C ++ interface, a set of JIT compilers
10 December 2018   102

Facebook has released a stable version of the library for machine learning PyTorch 1.0. This iteration added support for large cloud platforms, a C ++ interface, a set of JIT compilers, and various improvements.

The stable version received a set of JIT compilers that eliminate the dependence of the code on the Python interpreter. The model code is transformed into Torch Script - a superstructure over Python. Keeping the opportunity to work with the model in the Python environment, the user can download it to other projects not related to this language. So, the PyTorch developers state that the code processed in this way can be used in the C ++ API.

The torch.distributed package and the torch.nn.parallel.DistributedDataParallel module are completely redesigned. torch.distributed now has better performance and works asynchronously with the Gloo, NCCL and MPI libraries.

The developers added a C ++ wrapper to PyTorch 1.0. It contains analogs of Python interface components, such astorch.nn,torch.optim, torch.data. According to the creators, the new interface should provide high performance for C ++ applications. True, the C ++ API is still experimental, but it can be used in projects now.

To improve the efficiency of working with PyTorch 1.0, a Torch Hub repository has been created, which stores pre-trained models of neural networks. You can publish your own development using the hubconf.py file, after which the model will be available for download by any user via the torch.hub.load API.

Support for C extensions and the module torch.utils.trainer were removed from the library.

Facebook released the preliminary version of PyTorch 1.0 at the beginning of October 2018, and in two months the developers brought the framework to a stable state.