ORIE Colloquium: Cynthia Rudin (MIT) - Methods for Interpretable Machine Learning

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 4:15pm

Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall, 253

It is extremely important in many application domains to have transparency in predictive modeling. Domain experts do not tend to prefer "black box" predictive model models. They would like to understand how predictions are made, and possibly, prefer models that emulate the way a human expert might make a decision, with a few important variables, and a clear convincing reason to make a particular prediction. 

I will discuss recent work on interpretable predictive modeling with decision lists and sparse integer linear models. I will describe several approaches, the first using Bayesian analysis and another on discrete optimization. I will show examples of interpretable models for stroke prediction in medical patients and prediction of violent crime in young people raised in out-of-home care.

Based on joint work with Ben Letham, Berk Ustun, Stefano Traca, Tyler McCormick, and David Madigan.

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College of Engineering, Operations Research and Information Engineering


engineering, operations research, orie




Cynthia Rudin

Speaker Affiliation

Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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