Explainable Information Retrieval

Avishek Anand, Procheta Sen, Sourav Saha, Manisha Verma, Mandar Mitra

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Abstract

This tutorial presents explainable information retrieval (ExIR), an emerging area focused on fostering responsible and trustworthy deployment of machine learning systems in the context of information retrieval. As the field has rapidly evolved in the past 4-5 years, numerous approaches have been proposed that focus on different access modes, stakeholders, and model development stages. This tutorial aims to introduce IR-centric notions, classification, and evaluation styles in ExIR, while focusing on IR-specific tasks such as ranking, text classification, and learning-to-rank systems. We will delve into method families and their adaptations to IR, extensively covering post-hoc methods, axiomatic and probing approaches, and recent advances in interpretability-by-design approaches. We will also discuss ExIR applications for different stakeholders, such as researchers, practitioners, and end-users, in contexts like web search, patent and legal search, and high-stakes decision-making tasks. To facilitate practical understanding, we will provide a hands-on session on applying ExIR methods, reducing the entry barrier for students, researchers, and practitioners alike.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGIR 2023 - Proceedings of the 46th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages3448-3451
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394086
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event46th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2023 - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 23 Jul 202327 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameSIGIR 2023 - Proceedings of the 46th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

Conference

Conference46th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2023
Country/TerritoryTaiwan
CityTaipei
Period23/07/2327/07/23

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Keywords

  • axiomatic ranking
  • explainable information retrieval
  • interpretable by design
  • posthoc interpretability
  • probing

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