CS 5382

CS 5382

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

Algorithms increasingly guide high-stakes decision-making across many domains. This has potential upsides, since algorithms can improve decision-making, but also serious risks, since recent years have showcased the many ways that algorithms can be biased. This course will teach you principles for designing fair algorithms, emphasizing accessibility to a broad audience via practical takeaways which are directly relevant to the real world through case studies and guest speakers. Case studies will be drawn from diverse settings where algorithms are applied, such as large language models, speech recognition systems, healthcare, criminal justice, sustainability, and education. Students will come away with a strong understanding of how algorithm-related choices can have widespread societal impact.

When Offered Spring.

Comments Students should have experience coding in Python and have taken at least one introductory course in machine learning or data science.

  • Write code in Python to computationally demonstrate biases in end-to-end algorithmic systems based on choices of data, variables, modeling, and outcomes.
  • Apply mathematical definitions of fairness to real-world case studies to explain decisions made by both humans and algorithms.
  • Enumerate challenges to practitioners in algorithmic-guided decision-making (including feedback loops, interpretability, and strategic behavior) and explain how these challenges can lead to broader societal impacts.

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19591 CS 5382   LEC 030

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Taught in NYC at Cornell Tech.