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Workshop: NeurIPS 2023 Workshop: Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences

Extending Explainable Boosting Machines to Scientific Image Data

Daniel Schug · Sai Yerramreddy · Rich Caruana · Craig Greenberg · Justyna Zwolak


As the deployment of computer vision technology becomes increasingly common in science, the need for explanations of the system output has become a focus of great concern. Driven by the pressing need for interpretable models in science, we propose the use of Explainable Boosting Machines (EBMs) for scientific image data. Inspired by an important application underpinning the development of quantum technologies, we apply EBMs to cold-atom soliton image data tabularized using Gabor Wavelet Transform-based techniques that preserve the spatial structure of the data. In doing so, we demonstrate the use of EBMs for image data for the first time and show that our approach provides explanations that are consistent with human intuition about the data.

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