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The DALEXtra package is an extension pack for DALEX package. This package provides easy to use connectors for models created with scikitlearn, keras, H2O, mljar and mlr.


# Install the development version from GitHub:

# it is recommended to install latest version of DALEX from GitHub
# install.packages("devtools")

Package reticulate will be downloaded along with DALEXtra but if you seek for it’s latests version it can be downloaded here


Other packages useful with explanations.


Above packages can be used along with explain object to create explanations (ingredients, iBreakDown, shapper) or audit our model (audiotr).

How to setup Anaconda

In order to be able to use some features associated with DALEXtra, Anaconda in needed. The easiest way to get it, is visting Anconda website. And choosing proper OS as it stands in the following picture. There is no big difference bewtween Python versions when downloading Anaconda. You can always create virtual environment with any version of Pytho no matter which version was downloaded first.


Crucial thing is adding conda to PATH environment variable when using Windows. You can do it during installation, by marking this checkbox.

or, if conda is already installed, by following those instructions.


While using unixlike OS, adding conda to PATH is not required.


Here we will present short use case for our package and its compatibility with Python

Loading data

First we need provide the data, explainer is useless without them. Thing is Python object does not store training data so always have to provide dataset. Feel free to use those attached to DALEX package or those stored in DALEXtra files.

titanic_test <- read.csv(system.file("extdata", "titanic_test.csv", package = "DALEXtra"))

Keep in mind that dataframe includes target variable (18th column) and scikit-learn models cannot work with it.

Creating explainer

Creating exlainer from scikit-learn Python model is very simple thanks to DALEXtra. The only thing you need to provide is path to pickle and, if necessery, something that lets recognize Python environment. It may be .yml file with packages specification, name of existing conda environment or path to Python virtual environment. Execution of scikitlearn_explain only with .pkl file and data will cause usage of default Python.

explainer <- explain_scikitlearn(system.file("extdata", "scikitlearn.pkl", package = "DALEXtra"),
yml = system.file("extdata", "testing_environment.yml", package = "DALEXtra"), 
data = titanic_test[,1:17], y = titanic_test$survived)
## Preparation of a new explainer is initiated
##   -> model label       :  scikitlearn_model  ([33mdefault[39m)
##   -> data              :  524  rows  17  cols 
##   -> target variable   :  524  values 
##   -> predict function  :  yhat.scikitlearn_model  will be used ([33mdefault[39m)
##   -> predicted values  :  numerical, min =  0.02086126 , mean =  0.288584 , max =  0.9119996  
##   -> residual function :  difference between y and yhat ([33mdefault[39m)
##   -> residuals         :  numerical, min =  -0.8669431 , mean =  0.02248468 , max =  0.9791387  
## [32mA new explainer has been created![39m

Creating explanations

Now with explainer ready we can use any of universe tools to make explanations. Here is a small demo.



## The number of important variables for scikitlearn_model's prediction is 3 out of 17. 
##  Variables gender.female, gender.male, age have the highest importantance.
plot(break_down(explainer, titanic_test[2,1:17]))

describe(break_down(explainer, titanic_test[2,1:17]))
## Scikitlearn_model predicts, that the prediction for the selected instance is 0.132 which is lower than the average model prediction.
## The most important variables that decrease the prediction are class.3rd, gender.female. 
## The most important variable that increase the prediction is age.
## Other variables are with less importance. The contribution of all other variables is -0.108 .
plot(shap(explainer, titanic_test[2,1:17]))

eval <- model_evaluation(explainer)

# Predictions with newdata
predict(explainer, titanic_test[1:10, 1:17])
##  [1] 0.3565896 0.1321947 0.7638813 0.1037486 0.1265221 0.2949228 0.1421281
##  [8] 0.1421281 0.4154695 0.1321947


Work on this package was financially supported by the ‘NCN Opus grant 2016/21/B/ST6/02176’.

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