Differentially Private and Fair Classification via Calibrated Functional Mechanism


  • Jiahao Ding University of Houston
  • Xinyue Zhang University of Houston
  • Xiaohuan Li Guilin University of Electronic Technology
  • Junyi Wang Guilin University of Electronic Technology
  • Rong Yu Guangdong University of Technology
  • Miao Pan University of Houston




Machine learning is increasingly becoming a powerful tool to make decisions in a wide variety of applications, such as medical diagnosis and autonomous driving. Privacy concerns related to the training data and unfair behaviors of some decisions with regard to certain attributes (e.g., sex, race) are becoming more critical. Thus, constructing a fair machine learning model while simultaneously providing privacy protection becomes a challenging problem. In this paper, we focus on the design of classification model with fairness and differential privacy guarantees by jointly combining functional mechanism and decision boundary fairness. In order to enforce ϵ-differential privacy and fairness, we leverage the functional mechanism to add different amounts of Laplace noise regarding different attributes to the polynomial coefficients of the objective function in consideration of fairness constraint. We further propose an utility-enhancement scheme, called relaxed functional mechanism by adding Gaussian noise instead of Laplace noise, hence achieving (ϵ, δ)-differential privacy. Based on the relaxed functional mechanism, we can design (ϵ, δ)-differentially private and fair classification model. Moreover, our theoretical analysis and empirical results demonstrate that our two approaches achieve both fairness and differential privacy while preserving good utility and outperform the state-of-the-art algorithms.




How to Cite

Ding, J., Zhang, X., Li, X., Wang, J., Yu, R., & Pan, M. (2020). Differentially Private and Fair Classification via Calibrated Functional Mechanism. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 34(01), 622-629. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v34i01.5402



AAAI Technical Track: Applications