There once was a package called lime,
Whose models were simply sublime,
It gave explanations for their variations,
one observation at a time.
lime-rick by Mara Averick
This is an R port of the Python lime package (https://github.com/marcotcr/lime) developed by the authors of the lime (Local Interpretable Model-agnostic Explanations) approach for black-box model explanations. All credits for the invention of the approach goes to the original developers.
The purpose of
lime is to explain the predictions of black box
classifiers. What this means is that for any given prediction and any
given classifier it is able to determine a small set of features in the
original data that has driven the outcome of the prediction. To learn
more about the methodology of
lime read the
paper and visit the repository of
the original implementation.
lime package for R does not aim to be a line-by-line port of its
Python counterpart. Instead it takes the ideas laid out in the original
code and implements them in an API that is idiomatic to R.
Out of the box
lime supports a long range of models, e.g. those
created with caret, parsnip, and mlr. Support for unsupported models are
easy to achieve by adding a
model_type method for
the given model.
The following shows how a random forest model is trained on the iris
data set and how
lime is then used to explain a set of new
library(caret) library(lime) # Split up the data set iris_test <- iris[1:5, 1:4] iris_train <- iris[-(1:5), 1:4] iris_lab <- iris[][-(1:5)] # Create Random Forest model on iris data model <- train(iris_train, iris_lab, method = 'rf') # Create an explainer object explainer <- lime(iris_train, model) # Explain new observation explanation <- explain(iris_test, explainer, n_labels = 1, n_features = 2) # The output is provided in a consistent tabular format and includes the # output from the model. explanation #> # A tibble: 10 × 13 #> model_type case label label_prob model_r2 model_intercept model_prediction #> <chr> <chr> <chr> <dbl> <dbl> <dbl> <dbl> #> 1 classificat… 1 seto… 1 0.695 0.118 0.991 #> 2 classificat… 1 seto… 1 0.695 0.118 0.991 #> 3 classificat… 2 seto… 1 0.680 0.123 0.974 #> 4 classificat… 2 seto… 1 0.680 0.123 0.974 #> 5 classificat… 3 seto… 1 0.668 0.134 0.972 #> 6 classificat… 3 seto… 1 0.668 0.134 0.972 #> 7 classificat… 4 seto… 1 0.668 0.132 0.980 #> 8 classificat… 4 seto… 1 0.668 0.132 0.980 #> 9 classificat… 5 seto… 1 0.691 0.125 0.980 #> 10 classificat… 5 seto… 1 0.691 0.125 0.980 #> # … with 6 more variables: feature <chr>, feature_value <dbl>, #> # feature_weight <dbl>, feature_desc <chr>, data <list>, prediction <list> # And can be visualised directly plot_features(explanation)
lime also supports explaining image and text models. For image
explanations the relevant areas in an image can be highlighted:
explanation <- .load_image_example() plot_image_explanation(explanation)
Here we see that the second most probably class is hardly true, but is due to the model picking up waxy areas of the produce and interpreting them as wax-light surface.
For text the explanation can be shown by highlighting the important
words. It even includes a
shiny application for interactively
exploring text models:
lime is available on CRAN and can be installed using the standard
To get the development version, install from GitHub instead:
# install.packages('devtools') devtools::install_github('thomasp85/lime')
Code of Conduct
Please note that the ‘lime’ project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.