DataRobot Introduces Bias & Fairness Testing in Latest Version of Enterprise AI Platform

Dec 15, 2020 by DataRobot

Upgraded platform also includes significant enhancements to MLOps, Automated Time Series, and Visual AI capabilities

December 15, 2020 – BOSTON DataRobot, the leading enterprise AI platform, today introduced automatic Bias & Fairness Testing to identify bias in models with protected features such as gender and ethnicity, then provide guidance to resolve upstream issues and prevent bias from reoccurring in the future. The company also unveiled significant enhancements to the platform’s key capabilities—including MLOps, Automated Time Series, and Visual AI—to further accelerate the value organizations achieve from their AI models.

According to research conducted by DataRobot, 42% of organizations are “very” to “extremely” concerned about AI bias, citing compromised brand reputation and loss of customer trust as the two largest causes of concern. To prevent this from happening, DataRobot has made an industry-leading commitment to ethical, fair, and explainable AI solutions—building out an AI trust team and providing robust capabilities to help customers ensure models deployed on the DataRobot platform do not exhibit bias.

In support of that commitment, the company today released the Bias & Fairness Testing feature to automatically identify model bias and determine its source. With Bias & Fairness Testing, users can define protected dataset features, and through a guided workflow, choose the most appropriate fairness metric to fit their specific use case. Once models are built, DataRobot surfaces visual insights to illustrate the results. If bias is identified, the Cross-Class Data Disparity tool surfaces the root cause and identifies mitigation steps for future models.

“Customers consistently turn to DataRobot for our focus on usability, value, and trustworthiness of AI. With AI being relied upon to empower organizations to improve mission-critical decision making, it’s become even more imperative that they think critically about the ethical implications of the data they’re using to train their models, especially to prevent inadvertent bias,” said Nenshad Bardoliwalla, SVP of Product. “Our new Bias & Fairness Testing capabilities further strengthen our customers’ ability to build trustworthy, explainable AI models that generate real business value.”

While most organizations struggle to derive real business impact from AI, DataRobot’s customers achieve a 514% return on investment—in large part due to the robustness of the DataRobot platform which now includes these new features:

  • MLOps Portable Prediction Servers – Portable Prediction Servers allow MLOps users to integrate any DataRobot model into the pipelines and applications they have already built outside of their DataRobot environment. Portable Prediction Servers are dockerized containers, making it much easier for IT and DevOps to deploy, monitor, and manage models on a customer’s platform of choice.
  • Time Series Feature Lineage – A key strength of DataRobot’s Automated Time Series product is the specialized feature engineering it performs to automatically generate expert new features for time series models. Now, DataRobot provides a visualization showing the full lineage of every new feature generated, helping users understand how they were derived and providing even more governance and traceability for time series models.
  • Automated Deep Learning in Time Series – In addition to feature lineage, DataRobot has also added new cutting-edge deep learning approaches to forecasting that will run automatically as part of the Autopilot process. As a result, users always have the widest variety of traditional and emerging time-series modeling techniques for every project.
  • Visual AI Smart Autopilot – Visual AI’s Autopilot will now automatically test a variety of deep neural networks, selecting the most appropriate one based on the specifics of the use case. In addition, DataRobot will automatically compare alternative neural networks on the top leaderboard models to maximize accuracy and minimize the need for manual tuning.

To learn more about the latest version of DataRobot, please visit the What’s New page or join the conversation in the DataRobot Community.

About DataRobot

DataRobot is the leader in enterprise AI, delivering trusted AI technology and enablement services to global enterprises competing in today’s Intelligence Revolution. DataRobot’s enterprise AI platform democratizes data science with end-to-end automation for building, deploying, and managing machine learning models. This platform maximizes business value by delivering AI at scale and continuously optimizing performance over time. The company’s proven combination of cutting-edge software and world-class AI implementation, training, and support services, empowers any organization – regardless of size, industry, or resources – to drive better business outcomes with AI.

DataRobot has offices across the globe and funding from some of the world’s best investing firms, including Alliance Bernstein, Altimeter, B Capital Group, Cisco, Citi Ventures, ClearBridge,  DFJ Growth, Geodesic Capital, Glynn Capital, Intel Capital, Meritech, NEA, Salesforce Ventures, Sands Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Silver Lake Waterman, Snowflake Ventures, Tiger Global, T. Rowe Price, and World Innovation Lab. DataRobot was named to the Forbes 2020 Cloud 100 list and the Forbes 2019 and 2020 Most Promising AI Companies lists, and was named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Advanced Machine Learning Software Platforms Vendor Assessment. For more information, visit www.datarobot.com and join the conversation on the DataRobot Community, More Intelligent Tomorrow podcast, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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