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Activity Number: 389 - Unsupervised Learning with Latent Variables for Biobehavioral Research
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 : 1:00 PM to 2:50 PM
Sponsor: Mental Health Statistics Section
Abstract #308106
Title: Looking Inside the Black Box: New Methods to Assess Causality in Unsupervised Machine Learning
Author(s): Alessandro De Nadai* and Ryan Zamora and Douglas David Gunzler
Companies: Texas State University and Texas State University and Case Western Reserve University

While many machine learning (ML) models have strong predictive value, they are usually considered a “black box” where the contributing role of each individual variable is unknown. This uncertainty leads to serious challenges in identifying causal relations in ML models and is a critical barrier to the development and use of ML. We have developed multivariate versions of the e-value, using the foundation of mixture modeling, to identify the degree of causality of both individual variables and individual clusters. We also use these metrics in tandem with estimates of standard error and entropy in mixture models for further assessing bias and error in unsupervised ML approaches. In this presentation, we discuss these new approaches and demonstrate the usefulness of the methodology.

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