Machine Learning Interpretability through Contribution-Value Plots

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The field of explainable artificial intelligence aims to help experts understand complex machine learning models. One key approach is to show the impact of a feature on the model prediction. This helps experts to verify and validate the predictions the model provides. However, many challenges remain open. For example, due to the subjective nature of interpretability, a strict definition of concepts such as the contribution of a feature remains elusive. Different techniques have varying underlying assumptions, which can cause inconsistent and conflicting views. In this work, we introduce Local and Global Contribution-Value plots as a novel approach to visualize feature impact on predictions and the relationship with feature value. We discuss design decisions, and show an exemplary visual analytics implementation that provides new insights into the model.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2020
EventThe 13th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI 2020) - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Dec 202010 Dec 2020
Conference number: 13


ConferenceThe 13th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI 2020)
Abbreviated titleVINCI
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This work is part of the research programme Commit2Data, specifically the RATE Analytics project with project number 628.003.001, which is financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

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Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek


    • Visualization
    • Explainable AI
    • Machine learning
    • Sensitivity Analysis
    • Partial dependence
    • Feature contribution
    • visualization
    • interpretability
    • machine learning


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