Productionizing Ethical Credit Scoring Systems with Delta Lake, Feature Store and MLFlow
- Data Science, Machine Learning and MLOps
- Financial Services
- Moscone South | Upper Mezzanine | 151
- 35 min
Fairness, Ethics, Accountability and Transparency (FEAT) are must-haves for high-stakes machine learning models. In particular, models within the Financial Services industry such as those that assign credit scores can impact people’s access to housing and utilities and even influence their social standing. Hence, model developers have a moral responsibility to ensure that models do not systematically disadvantage any one group. Nevertheless, implementing such models in industrial settings remains challenging. A lack of concrete guidelines, common standards and technical templates make evaluating models from a FEAT perspective unfeasible. To address these implementation challenges, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) set up the Veritas Initiative to create a framework for operationalising the FEAT principles, so as to guide the responsible development of AIDA (Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics) systems.
In January 2021, MAS announced the successful conclusion of Phase 1 of the Veritas Initiative. Deliverables included an assessment methodology for the Fairness principle and open source code for applying Fairness metrics to two use cases - customer marketing and credit scoring. In this talk, we demonstrate how these open-source examples, and their fairness metrics, might be put into production using open source tools such as Delta Lake and MLFlow. Although the Veritas Framework was developed in Singapore, the ethical framework is applicable across geographies.
By doing this, we illustrate how ethical principles can be operationalised, monitored and maintained in production, thus moving beyond only accuracy-based metrics of model performance and towards a more holistic and principled way of developing and productionizing machine learning systems.