Journal article

Exploiting patterns to explain individual predictions

Y Jia, J Bailey, K Ramamohanarao, C Leckie, X Ma

Knowledge and Information Systems | Springer London | Published : 2020


Users need to understand the predictions of a classifier, especially when decisions based on the predictions can have severe consequences. The explanation of a prediction reveals the reason why a classifier makes a certain prediction, and it helps users to accept or reject the prediction with greater confidence. This paper proposes an explanation method called Pattern Aided Local Explanation (PALEX) to provide instance-level explanations for any classifier. PALEX takes a classifier, a test instance and a frequent pattern set summarizing the training data of the classifier as inputs, and then outputs the supporting evidence that the classifier considers important for the prediction of the ins..

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