Summer 2022

Conceptual Challenges In Connecting Interpretability And Causality

Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2022 3:00 pm3:30 pm PDT

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Alex D'Amour (Google Brain)


Calvin Lab Auditorium

There has been a strong intuition in the Machine Learning community that interpretability and causality ought to have a strong connection. However, the community has not arrived at consensus about how to formalize this connection. In this talk, I will raise questions about conceptual and technical ambiguities that I think make this connection hard to specify. The goal of the talk is to raise points for discussion, expressed in causal formalism, rather than to provide answers.