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Causal Explanations and XAI

  title={Causal Explanations and XAI},
  author={Sander Beckers},
Although standard Machine Learning models are optimized for making predictions about obser-vations, more and more they are used for making predictions about the results of actions. An important goal of Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) is to compensate for this mismatch by offering explanations about the predictions of an ML-model which ensure that they are reliably action-guiding . As action-guiding explanations are causal explanations, the literature on this topic is starting to… 

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Actual Causality

  • J. Halpern
  • Philosophy
    A Logical Theory of Causality
  • 2021
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