[Apr 3rd 2019]: Meaningful Explanations of Black Box AI Decision Systems

Dino Pedreschi (DIISM, University of Pisa)

Apr 3, 2019 – 15:30 AM
DIISM, Artificial Intelligence laboratory (room 201), Siena SI

Black box AI systems for automated decision making, often based on machine learning over (big) data, map a user’s features into a class or a score without exposing the reasons why. This is problematic not only for lack of transparency, but also for possible biases inherited by the algorithms from human prejudices and collection artefacts hidden in the training data, which may lead to unfair or wrong decisions. We focus on the urgent open challenge of how to construct meaningful explanations of opaque AI/ML systems, introducing the local-to-global framework for black box explanation, articulated along three lines: (i) the language for expressing explanations in terms of logic rules, with statistical and causal interpretation
(ii) the inference of local explanations for revealing the decision rationale for a specific case, by auditing the black box in the vicinity of the target instance
(iii), the bottom-up generalisation of many local explanations into simple global ones, with algorithms that optimise for quality and comprehensibility. We argue that the local-first approach opens the door to many alternative solutions along different dimensions: a variety of data sources (relational, text, images, etc.), a variety of learning problems (multi-label classification, regression, scoring, ranking), a variety of languages for expressing meaningful explanations, a variety of means to audit a black box.

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