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Learning Losses for Strategic Classification
Tosca Lechner · Ruth Urner

Strategic classification, i.e. classification under possible strategic manipulations of features, has received a lot of attention from both the machine learning and the game theory community. Most works focus on analysing the optimal decision rule under such manipulations. In our work we take a learning theoretic perspective, focusing on the sample complexity needed to learn a good decision rule which is robust to strategic manipulation. We perform this analysis under a strategic manipulation loss that takes into account both the accuracy of the final decision and the vulnerability to manipulation. We analyse the sample complexity for a known graph of possible manipulations in terms of the complexity of the function class and the manipulation graph. Additionally, we address the problem of unknown manipulation capabilities of the involved agents. Using techniques from transfer learning theory, we define a similarity measure for manipulation graphs and show that learning outcomes are robust with respect to small changes in the manipulation graph. Lastly we analyse the (sample complexity of) learning of the manipulation capability of agents with respect to this similarity measures, providing a way to learn strategic classification with respect to an unknown manipulation graph.

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Tosca Lechner (University of Waterloo)
Ruth Urner (York University)

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