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An Explainable Artificial Intelligence Approach Based on Deep Type-2 Fuzzy Logic System

Chimatapu, Ravikiran (2021) An Explainable Artificial Intelligence Approach Based on Deep Type-2 Fuzzy Logic System. PhD thesis, University of Essex.


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Artificial intelligence (AI) systems have benefitted from the easy availability of computing power and the rapid increase in the quantity and quality of data which has led to the widespread adoption of AI techniques across a wide variety of fields. However, the use of complex (or Black box) AI systems such as Deep Neural Networks, support vector machines, etc., could lead to a lack of transparency. This lack of transparency is not specific to deep learning or complex AI algorithms; other interpretable AI algorithms such as kernel machines, logistic regressions, decision trees, or rules-based algorithms can also become difficult to interpret for high dimensional inputs. The lack of transparency or explainability reduces the effectiveness of AI models in regulated applications (such as medical, financial, etc.), where it is essential to explain the model operation and how it arrived at a given prediction. The need for explainability in AI has led to a new line of research that focuses on developing Explainable AI techniques. There are three main avenues of research that are being explored to achieve explainability; first, Deep Explanations, which involves the modification of existing Deep learning models to add explainability. The methods proposed to do Deep explanations generally provide details about all the input features that affect the output, generally in a visual format as there might be a large number of features. This type of explanation is useful for tasks such as image recognition, but in other tasks, it might be hard to distinguish the most important features. Second, Model induction, which involves methods that are model agnostic, but these methods might not be suitable for use in regulated applications. The third method is to use existing interpretable models such as decision trees, fuzzy logic, etc., but the problem with them is that they can also become opaque for high dimensional data. Hence, this thesis presents a novel AI system by combining the predictive power of Deep Learning with the interpretability of Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Systems. The advantages of such a system are, first, the ability to be trained via labelled and unlabelled data (i.e., mixing supervised and unsupervised learning). Second, having embedded feature selection abilities (i.e., can be trained by hundreds and thousands of inputs with no need for feature selection) while delivering explainable models with small rules bases composed of short rules to maximize the model’s interpretability. The proposed model was developed with data from British Telecom (BT). It achieved comparable performance to the deep models such as Stacked Autoencoder (SAE) and Convolution Neural Networks (CNN). In categorical datasets, the model outperformed the SAE by 2%, performed within 2-3% of the CNN and outperformed Multi-Layer Perceptron (MLP) and IT2FLS by 4%. In the regression datasets, the model performed slightly worse than the SAE, MLP and CNN models, but it outperformed the IT2FLS with a 15% lower error. The proposed model achieved excellent interpretability in a survey where it was rated within 2% of the highly interpretable IT2FLS. It was also rated 20% and 17% better than Deep learning XAI tools LIME and SHAP, respectively. The proposed model shows a small loss in performance for significantly higher interpretability, making it a suitable replacement for the other AI models in applications with many features where interpretability is paramount.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: artificial intelligence, explainable AI, XAI, interpretable AI, Deep Fuzzy, fuzzy logic, fuzzy systems, interval type-2 fuzzy logic systems, AI systems, big bang-big crunch, uncertainty
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Ravikiran Chimatapu
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 09:33
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2021 09:33

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