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ERIC Number: ED560778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Discrimination-Aware Classifiers for Student Performance Prediction
Luo, Ling; Koprinska, Irena; Liu, Wei
International Educational Data Mining Society, Paper presented at the International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM) (8th, Madrid, Spain, Jun 26-29, 2015)
In this paper we consider discrimination-aware classification of educational data. Mining and using rules that distinguish groups of students based on sensitive attributes such as gender and nationality may lead to discrimination. It is desirable to keep the sensitive attributes during the training of a classifier to avoid information loss but decrease the undesirable correlation between the sensitive attributes and the class attribute when building the classifier. We illustrate, motivate, and solve the problem, and present a case study for predicting student exam performance based on enrollment information and assessment results during the semester. We evaluate the performance of two discrimination-aware classifiers and compare them with their non-discrimination-aware counterparts. The results show that the discrimination-aware classifiers are able to reduce discrimination with trivial loss in accuracy. The proposed method can help teachers to predict student performance accurately without discrimination. [For complete proceedings, see ED560503.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: International Educational Data Mining Society