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Workshop: PAIR^2Struct: Privacy, Accountability, Interpretability, Robustness, Reasoning on Structured Data

Global Counterfactual Explanations: Investigations, Implementations and Improvements

Dan Ley · Saumitra Mishra · Daniele Magazzeni


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 many 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 counterfactual methods, with a focus on implementing and improving Actionable Recourse Summaries (AReS), the only known global explanation framework for recourse.

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