DISK-CSV: Distilling Interpretable Semantic Knowledge with a Class Semantic Vector

Housam Khalifa Bashier, Mi-Young Kim, Randy Goebel


Abstract
Neural networks (NN) applied to natural language processing (NLP) are becoming deeper and more complex, making them increasingly difficult to understand and interpret. Even in applications of limited scope on fixed data, the creation of these complex “black-boxes” creates substantial challenges for debugging, understanding, and generalization. But rapid development in this field has now lead to building more straightforward and interpretable models. We propose a new technique (DISK-CSV) to distill knowledge concurrently from any neural network architecture for text classification, captured as a lightweight interpretable/explainable classifier. Across multiple datasets, our approach achieves better performance than the target black-box. In addition, our approach provides better explanations than existing techniques.
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2021.eacl-main.263
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Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Main Volume
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April
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2021
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Online
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EACL
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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3021–3030
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