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Harmonizing Feature Attributions Across Deep Learning Architectures: Enhancing Interpretability and Consistency

Md Abdul Kadir; Gowthamkrishna Addluri; Daniel Sonntag
In: Dietmar Seipel; Alexander Steen. German Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Pages 90-97, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISBN 978-3-031-42607-0, Springer, Cham, 2023.


Enhancing the interpretability and consistency of machine learning models is critical to their deployment in real-world applications. Feature attribution methods have gained significant attention, which provide local explanations of model predictions by attributing importance to individual input features. This study examines the generalization of feature attributions across various deep learning architectures, such as convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and vision transformers. We aim to assess the feasibility of utilizing a feature attribution method as a future detector and examine how these features can be harmonized across multiple models employing distinct architectures but trained on the same data distribution. By exploring this harmonization, we aim to develop a more coherent and optimistic understanding of feature attributions, enhancing the consistency of local explanations across diverse deep-learning models. Our findings highlight the potential for harmonized feature attribution methods to improve interpretability and foster trust in machine learning applications, regardless of the underlying architecture.


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