Interactive Label Cleaning with Example-based ExplanationsDownload PDF

21 May 2021, 20:44 (edited 24 Jan 2022)NeurIPS 2021 SpotlightReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: learning under noise, interactive learning, example-based explanation, influence functions, fisher information matrix
  • TL;DR: Approach that enables humans to improve data and models by interacting via example-based explanations selected using influence functions
  • Abstract: We tackle sequential learning under label noise in applications where a human supervisor can be queried to relabel suspicious examples. Existing approaches are flawed, in that they only relabel incoming examples that look "suspicious" to the model. As a consequence, those mislabeled examples that elude (or don't undergo) this cleaning step end up tainting the training data and the model with no further chance of being cleaned. We propose CINCER, a novel approach that cleans both new and past data by identifying \emph{pairs of mutually incompatible examples}. Whenever it detects a suspicious example, CINCER identifies a counter-example in the training set that - according to the model - is maximally incompatible with the suspicious example, and asks the annotator to relabel either or both examples, resolving this possible inconsistency. The counter-examples are chosen to be maximally incompatible, so to serve as \emph{explanations} of the model's suspicion, and highly influential, so to convey as much information as possible if relabeled. CINCER achieves this by leveraging an efficient and robust approximation of influence functions based on the Fisher information matrix (FIM). Our extensive empirical evaluation shows that clarifying the reasons behind the model's suspicions by cleaning the counter-examples helps in acquiring substantially better data and models, especially when paired with our FIM approximation.
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  • Code: https://github.com/abonte/cincer
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