When machine learning supports decision-making in safety-critical systems, it is important to verify and understand the reasons why a particular output is produced. Although feature importance calculation approaches assist in interpretation, there is a lack of consensus regarding how features' importance is quantified, which makes the explanations offered for the outcomes mostly unreliable. A possible solution to address the lack of agreement is to combine the results from multiple feature importance quantifiers to reduce the variance of estimates. Our hypothesis is that this will lead to more robust and trustworthy interpretations of the contribution of each feature to machine learning predictions. To assist test this hypothesis, we propose an extensible Framework divided in four main parts: (i) traditional data pre-processing and preparation for predictive machine learning models; (ii) predictive machine learning; (iii) feature importance quantification and (iv) feature importance decision fusion using an ensemble strategy. We also introduce a novel fusion metric and compare it to the state-of-the-art. Our approach is tested on synthetic data, where the ground truth is known. We compare different fusion approaches and their results for both training and test sets. We also investigate how different characteristics within the datasets affect the feature importance ensembles studied. Results show that our feature importance ensemble Framework overall produces 15% less feature importance error compared to existing methods. Additionally, results reveal that different levels of noise in the datasets do not affect the feature importance ensembles' ability to accurately quantify feature importance, whereas the feature importance quantification error increases with the number of features and number of orthogonal informative features.
Feature importance refers to techniques that assign a score to input features based on how useful they are at predicting a target variable. There are many types and sources of feature importance scores, although popular examples include statistical correlation scores, coefficients calculated as part of linear models, decision trees, and permutation importance scores. Feature importance scores play an important role in a predictive modeling project, including providing insight into the data, insight into the model, and the basis for dimensionality reduction and feature selection that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a predictive model on the problem. How to Calculate Feature Importance With Python Photo by Bonnie Moreland, some rights reserved. Feature importance refers to a class of techniques for assigning scores to input features to a predictive model that indicates the relative importance of each feature when making a prediction.
In this article, we will be exploring various feature selection techniques that we need to be familiar with, in order to get the best performance out of your model. SelectKbest is a method provided by sklearn to rank features of a dataset by their "importance "with respect to the target variable. This "importance" is calculated using a score function which can be one of the following: All of the above-mentioned scoring functions are based on statistics. This is one of the simplest methods as it is very computationally efficient and takes just a few lines of code to execute. However, this is not always the case.
Given two candidate models, and a set of target observations, we address the problem of measuring the relative goodness of fit of the two models. We propose two new statistical tests which are nonparametric, computationally efficient (runtime complexity is linear in the sample size), and interpretable. As a unique advantage, our tests can produce a set of examples (informative features) indicating the regions in the data domain where one model fits significantly better than the other. In a real-world problem of comparing GAN models, the test power of our new test matches that of the state-of-the-art test of relative goodness of fit, while being one order of magnitude faster. Papers published at the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference.