Triangle Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Series

Human Decisions and Machine Predictions

Speaker:Jon Kleinberg
Date: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: D106 LSRC, Duke
Light snacks will be served beginning @ 3:45pm.

Abstract

An increasing number of domains are providing us with detailed trace data on human decisions, often made by experts with deep experience in the subject matter. This offers an opportunity to use machine-learning prediction algorithms to ask several families of questions --- not only about the extent to which algorithms can outperform expert-level human decision-making in specific domains, but also whether we can use algorithms to analyze the nature of the errors made by human experts, to predict which instances will be hardest for these experts, and to explore some of the ways in which prediction algorithms can serve as supplements to human decision-making in different applications. In this talk, I'll explore this theme by drawing on a line of recent projects; all are joint with Sendhil Mullainathan, and include collaborations with Ashton Anderson, Himabindu Lakkaraju, Jure Leskovec, Annie Liang, Jens Ludwig, and Manish Raghavan.

Biography

Jon Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on issues at the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the Web and other on-line media. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Science; and he is the recipient of research fellowships from the MacArthur, Packard, Simons, and Sloan Foundations, as well as awards including the Nevanlinna Prize, the Harvey Prize, the Newell Award, and the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences.

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