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Talk in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Insurance Data Science Conference

This week, I will attend the Insurance Data Science conference in Sweeden. It has been a while… I was a keynote speaker at the one in London, ten years ago (to give a talk I still have feedbacks about – Getting into Bayesian Wizardry
 (with the eyes of a muggle actuary) – by that time, the conference was “R in Insurance”), and then, we organized the one in Paris, back in 2017. Then we had the online events, but it was… different.

This time, I will get back to our recent paper A Sequentially Fair Mechanism for Multiple Sensitive Attributes, with François Hu and Philipp Ratz, and the equipy package, wrote with Agathe Fernandes-Machado and Suzie Grondin. The slides are available online.

Talk in KĂžbenhavn

Tomorrow, I will give a talk at KÞbenhavn Universiteit, on Using optimal transport to quantify and mitigate unfair insurance predictions. It is based on recent work with François Hu and Philipp Ratz (2310.20508, 2309.06627, 2306.12912 and 2306.10155).

The insurance industry is heavily reliant on predictions of risks based on characteristics of potential customers. Although the use of said models is common, researchers have long pointed out that such practices perpetuate discrimination based on sensitive features such as gender or race. Given that such discrimination can often be attributed to historical data biases, an elimination or at least mitigation is desirable. With the shift from more traditional models to machine-learning based predictions, calls for greater mitigation have grown anew, as simply excluding sensitive variables in the pricing process can be shown to be ineffective. In this talk, we first investigate why predictions are a necessity within the industry and why correcting biases is not as straightforward as simply identifying a sensitive variable. We then propose to ease the biases through the use of Wasserstein barycenters instead of simple scaling. To demonstrate the effects and effectiveness of the approach we employ it on real data and discuss its implications. The talk will be based on a recent textbook (978-3-031-49782-7) as well as work with François Hu and Philipp Ratz (2310.20508, 2309.06627, 2306.12912 and 2306.10155).