AAAI Publications, Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Anchors: High-Precision Model-Agnostic Explanations
Marco Tulio Ribeiro, Sameer Singh, Carlos Guestrin

Last modified: 2018-04-25


We introduce a novel model-agnostic system that explains the behavior of complex models with high-precision rules called anchors, representing local, "sufficient" conditions for predictions. We propose an algorithm to efficiently compute these explanations for any black-box model with high-probability guarantees. We demonstrate the flexibility of anchors by explaining a myriad of different models for different domains and tasks. In a user study, we show that anchors enable users to predict how a model would behave on unseen instances with less effort and higher precision, as compared to existing linear explanations or no explanations.


machine learning;interpretability

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