FURI | Summer 2021

A Systematic Study on Quantifying Bias in GAN-Augmented Headshot Data

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Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) can be used to augment the amount of information in datasets. However, upon training on certain datasets, GANs can magnify already existing biases in them. In image datasets, biases pertaining to protected attributes such as race or gender could be exacerbated, resulting in harmful societal consequences. This study aims to determine a quantitative measure to evaluate the extent to which biases are exacerbated in GAN-augmented datasets and indicate whether adjustments should be made before using GANs as an augmentation method.

Student researcher

Denis Feiduo Liu

Computer science

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2023

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