Explaining Automated Decisions in Practice : Insights from the Swedish Credit Scoring Industry

Detta är en Master-uppsats från KTH/Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM)

Sammanfattning: The field of explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) has gained momentum in recent years following the increased use of AI systems across industries leading to bias, discrimination, and data security concerns. Several conceptual frameworks for how to reach AI systems that are fair, transparent, and understandable have been proposed, as well as a number of technical solutions improving some of these aspects in a research context. However, there is still a lack of studies examining the implementation of these concepts and techniques in practice. This research aims to bridge the gap between prominent theory within the area and practical implementation, exploring the implementation and evaluation of XAI models in the Swedish credit scoring industry, and proposes a three-step framework for the implementation of local explanations in practice. The research methods used consisted of a case study with the model development at UC AB as a subject and an experiment evaluating the consumers' levels of trust and system understanding as well as the usefulness, persuasive power, and usability of the explanation for three different explanation prototypes developed. The framework proposed was validated by the case study and highlighted a number of key challenges and trade-offs present when implementing XAI in practice. Moreover, the evaluation of the XAI prototypes showed that the majority of consumers prefers rulebased explanations, but that preferences for explanations is still dependent on the individual consumer. Recommended future research endeavors include studying a longterm XAI project in which the models can be evaluated by the open market and the combination of different XAI methods in reaching a more personalized explanation for the consumer.

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