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ISI Natural Language Seminar

Bias and Power in NLP

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NLP models are increasingly deployed as part of technological pipelines. However, these models reinforce the biased and unjust treatment of marginalized people. In this talk, I discuss the multiplicity & sociotechnical nature of “bias,” and sources of “bias” and harms in the NLP lifecycle, situating these concepts in the context of gender exclusivity. I further examine bias metrics, interventions, & their pitfalls. Finally, I connect “bias” and harms to the power structures in which NLP is embedded. Ultimately, I urge for more intersectional and reflexive approaches to NLP.


Speaker Bio

Arjun Subramonian is a Computer Science PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Their research focuses on inclusive graph machine learning and natural language processing, including fairness, bias, ethics, and integrating queer perspectives. They are further a core organizer of Queer in AI.

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