Global Counterfactual Explanations: Investigations, Implementations and ImprovementsDownload PDF

Published: 25 Mar 2022, Last Modified: 23 May 2023ICLR 2022 PAIR^2Struct PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Explainable AI, Interpretable ML, Global Counterfactual Explanations, Recourse, Robustness, Reliability, Fairness, Deep Learning
Abstract: Counterfactual explanations have been widely studied in explainability, with a range of application dependent methods emerging in fairness, recourse and model understanding. However, the major shortcoming associated with these methods is their inability to provide explanations beyond the local or instance-level. While some works touch upon the notion of a global explanation, typically suggesting to aggregate masses of local explanations in the hope of ascertaining global properties, few provide frameworks that are either reliable or computationally tractable. Meanwhile, practitioners are requesting more efficient and interactive explainability tools. We take this opportunity to investigate existing global methods, with a focus on implementing and improving Actionable Recourse Summaries (AReS), the only known global counterfactual explanation framework for recourse.
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