Using Graphical Models as Explanations in Deep Neural Networks

Abstract Despite its remarkable success, deep learning currently typically operates as a black-box. Instead, can models produce explicit reasons to explain their decisions? To address that question, we propose to exploit probabilistic graphical models which are declarative representations of our understanding of the world (e.g., what the relevant variables are, and how they interact with each other), and are commonly used to perform causal inference. More specifically, we propose a novel architecture called Deep Explainable Bayesian Networks whose main idea consists in concatenating a deep network with a Bayesian network, and to rely on the latter one to provide the explanations. We conduct extensive experiments on classical image, and text classification tasks. First, the results show that deep explainable Bayesian networks can achieve comparable accuracy than models that are trained on the same datasets but without producing explanations. Second, the experiments show promising results: The average accuracy of the explanation ranges from 68.3% to 84.8%.
  • Franck Le (IBM US)
  • Mudhakar Srivatsa (IBM US)
  • Krishna Kesari (Purdue)
  • Kaushik Roy (Purdue)
Date Nov-2019
Venue The 16th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-Hoc and Smart Systems