Workshop: Trustworthy and Socially Responsible Machine Learning

Scalable and Improved Algorithms for Individually Fair Clustering

Mohammadhossein Bateni · Vincent Cohen-Addad · Alessandro Epasto · Silvio Lattanzi

Abstract: We present scalable and improved algorithms for the individually fair ($p$, $k$)-clustering problem introduced by Jung et al and Mahabadi et al.Given $n$ points $P$ in a metric space, let $\delta(x)$ for $x\in P$ be the radius of the smallest ball around $x$ containing at least $\nicefrac nk$ points. In this work, we present two main contributions.We first present local-search algorithms improving prior work along cost and maximum fairness violation.Then we design a fast local-search algorithmthat runs in $\tO(nk^2)$ time and obtains a bicriteria $(O(1), 6)$ approximation. Finally we show empirically that not only is our algorithm much faster than prior work, but it also produces lower-cost solutions.

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