NeurIPS 2020
Workshop paper

A Bayesian Account of Measures of Interpretability in Human-AI Interaction

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Existing approaches for the design of interpretable agent behavior consider different measures of interpretability in isolation. In this paper we posit that, in the design and deployment of human-aware agents in the real world, notions of interpretability are just some among many considerations; the and the techniques developed in isolation lack two key properties to be useful when considered together: they need to be able to 1) deal with their mutually competing properties; and 2) an open world where the human is not just there to interpret behavior in one specific form. To this end, we consider three well-known instances of interpretable behavior studied in existing literature -- namely, explicability, legibility, and predictability -- and propose a revised model where all these behaviors can be meaningfully modeled together. We will highlight interesting consequences of this unified model and motivate, through results of a user study, why this revision is necessary.


06 Dec 2020


NeurIPS 2020