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An Analysis of LIME for Text Data


Text data are increasingly handled in an automated fashion by machine learning algorithms. But the models handling these data are not always well-understood due to their complexity and are more and more often referred to as "black-boxes." Interpretability methods aim to explain how these models operate. Among them, LIME has become one of the most popular in recent years. However, it comes without theoretical guarantees: even for simple models, we are not sure that LIME behaves accurately. In this paper, we provide a first theoretical analysis of LIME for text data. As a consequence of our theoretical findings, we show that LIME indeed provides meaningful explanations for simple models, namely decision trees and linear models.
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hal-02935171 , version 1 (10-09-2020)
hal-02935171 , version 2 (23-05-2021)



Dina Mardaoui, Damien Garreau. An Analysis of LIME for Text Data. AISTATS 2021 - 24th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, Apr 2021, Vienne, Austria. ⟨hal-02935171v2⟩
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