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2023, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, Pages 19561- (volume: 13)

Calculation of exact Shapley values for explaining support vector machine models using the radial basis function kernel (01a Articolo in rivista)

Mastropietro Andrea, Feldmann Christian, Bajorath Jürgen

Machine learning (ML) algorithms are extensively used in pharmaceutical research. Most ML models have black-box character, thus preventing the interpretation of predictions. However, rationalizing model decisions is of critical importance if predictions should aid in experimental design. Accordingly, in interdisciplinary research, there is growing interest in explaining ML models. Methods devised for this purpose are a part of the explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) spectrum of approaches. In XAI, the Shapley value concept originating from cooperative game theory has become popular for identifying features determining predictions. The Shapley value concept has been adapted as a model-agnostic approach for explaining predictions. Since the computational time required for Shapley value calculations scales exponentially with the number of features used, local approximations such as Shapley additive explanations (SHAP) are usually required in ML. The support vector machine (SVM) algorithm is one of the most popular ML methods in pharmaceutical research and beyond. SVM models are often explained using SHAP. However, there is only limited correlation between SHAP and exact Shapley values, as previously demonstrated for SVM calculations using the Tanimoto kernel, which limits SVM model explanation. Since the Tanimoto kernel is a special kernel function mostly applied for assessing chemical similarity, we have developed the Shapley value-expressed radial basis function (SVERAD), a computationally efficient approach for the calculation of exact Shapley values for SVM models based upon radial basis function kernels that are widely applied in different areas. SVERAD is shown to produce meaningful explanations of SVM predictions.
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