Lecture / Reading

Human Decisions and Machine Predictions

Sponsored by CodeX—The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and the Stanford Criminal Justice Center


Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:45 pm – 02:00 pm
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Stanford Law School, Room 190

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Prof. Ludwig examines how machine learning can be used to improve human decisions. Using data from a large American city, he shows how an algorithm was trained to predict defendants' future behavior, and concludes releasing defendants using the predictions of an algorithm can achieve less crime and fewer people detained in jail, while reducing racial disparities. He discusses one key to this analysis - overcoming a censoring problem: we do not observe what jailed defendants would have done had they been released. One methodological implication is that adapting the techniques of machine learning to this domain must be a joint activity between the design of prediction algorithms and the development of an economic framework that focuses on payoffs, decisions and selection biases.

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