Statistics Seminar: Learning for decision-making: A tale of complex human preferences
Machine learning systems are deployed in diverse decision-making settings in service of stakeholders characterized by complex preferences. For example, in healthcare and finance, we ought to account for various levels of risk tolerance; and in personalized recommender systems, we face users whose preferences evolve dynamically over time. Building systems better aligned with stakeholder needs requires that we take the rich nature of human preferences into account. In this talk, I will give an overview of my research on the statistical and algorithmic foundations for building such human-centered machine learning systems. First, I will present a line of work that draws inspiration from the economics literature to develop learning algorithms that account for the risk preferences of stakeholders. Subsequently, I will discuss a line of work that draws insights from the psychology literature to develop online learning algorithms for personalized recommender systems that account for users' evolving preferences.