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  1. Information access systems, such as search and recommender systems, often use ranked lists to present results believed to be relevant to the user’s information need. Evaluating these lists for their fairness along with other traditional metrics provide a more complete understanding of an information access system’s behavior beyond accuracy or utility constructs. To measure the (un)fairness of rankings, particularly with respect to protected group(s) of producers or providers, several metrics have been proposed in the last several years. However, an empirical and comparative analyses of these metrics showing the applicability to specific scenario or real data, conceptual similarities, and differencesmore »is still lacking. We aim to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical application of these metrics. In this paper we describe several fair ranking metrics from the existing literature in a common notation, enabling direct comparison of their approaches and assumptions, and empirically compare them on the same experimental setup and data sets in the context of three information access tasks. We also provide a sensitivity analysis to assess the impact of the design choices and parameter settings that go in to these metrics and point to additional work needed to improve fairness measurement.« less
    Free, publicly-accessible full text available July 11, 2023
  2. Music is an important part of childhood development, with online music listening platforms being a significant channel by which children consume music. Children’s offline music listening behavior has been heavily researched, yet relatively few studies explore how their behavior manifests online. In this paper, we use data from LastFM 1 Billion and the Spotify API to explore online music listening behavior of children, ages 6–17, using education levels as lenses for our analysis. Understanding the music listening behavior of children can be used to inform the future design of recommender systems.
    Free, publicly-accessible full text available September 20, 2022
  3. In this position paper, we argue for the need to investigate if and how gender stereotypes manifest in search and recommender this http URL a starting point, we particularly focus on how these systems may propagate and reinforce gender stereotypes through their results in learning environments, a context where teachers and children in their formative stage regularly interact with these systems. We provide motivating examples supporting our concerns and outline an agenda to support future research addressing the phenomena.