Towards understandable explanations for Document Analysis Systems

Björn Forcher; Stefan Agne; Andreas Dengel; Michael Gillmann; Thomas Roth-Berghofer

In: Proceedings of 10th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems. IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS-12), March 27-29, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 2012.


smartFIX is a product portfolio for knowledgebased extraction of data from any document format. The system automatically determines the document type and extracts all relevant data for the respective business process. Data that is unreliably recognized is forwarded to a verification workplace for manual checking. In general, users have no difficulties to interpret the document data and wonder why the system needs additional input. For that reason, we implemented an explanation component that is used to justify extraction results, thus, increasing confidence of users. The component is using a semantic log making it possible to provide understandable explanations. We illustrate the benefits of that kind of technology in contrast to the current smartFIX LogViewer by means of a preliminary user experiment.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence