fairlearn.postprocessing package

This module contains methods which operate on a predictor, rather than an estimator.

The predictor’s output is adjusted to fulfill specified parity constraints. The postprocessors learn how to adjust the predictor’s output from the training data.

class fairlearn.postprocessing.ThresholdOptimizer(*, estimator=None, constraints='demographic_parity', grid_size=1000, flip=True, prefit=False)[source]

Bases: sklearn.base.BaseEstimator, sklearn.base.ClassifierMixin, sklearn.base.MetaEstimatorMixin

An Estimator based on the threshold optimization approach.

The procedure followed is described in detail in Hardt et al. (2016).

  • estimator (An estimator) – An estimator whose output will be post processed

  • grid_size (int) – The number of ticks on the grid over which we evaluate the curves. A large grid_size means that we approximate the actual curve, so it increases the chance of being very close to the actual best solution.

  • flip (bool) – Allow flipping to negative weights if it improves accuracy.

  • prefit – If True, avoid re-fitting the given estimator if it’s already trained. Note that when used with cross_val_score, GridSearchCV and similar utilities that clone the estimator, the effective behavior is prefit=False.


bool, default=False

fit(X, y, *, sensitive_features, **kwargs)[source]

Fit the model.

The fit is based on training features and labels, sensitive features, as well as the fairness-unaware predictor or estimator. If an estimator was passed in the constructor this fit method will call fit(X, y, **kwargs) on said estimator.

predict(X, *, sensitive_features, random_state=None)[source]

Predict label for each sample in X while taking into account sensitive features.


predictions in numpy.ndarray

fairlearn.postprocessing.plot_threshold_optimizer(threshold_optimizer, ax=None, show_plot=True)[source]

Plot the chosen solution of the threshold optimizer.

For fairlearn.postprocessing.ThresholdOptimizer objects that have their constraint set to ‘demographic_parity’ this will result in a selection/error curve plot. For fairlearn.postprocessing.ThresholdOptimizer objects that have their constraint set to ‘equalized_odds’ this will result in a ROC curve plot.

  • threshold_optimizer (fairlearn.postprocessing.ThresholdOptimizer) – the ThresholdOptimizer instance for which the results should be illustrated.

  • ax (matplotlib.axes.Axes) – a custom matplotlib.axes.Axes object to use for the plots, default None

  • show_plot (bool) – whether or not the generated plot should be shown, default True