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Circuits and Interpretability

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In this talk we will look at methods that aim to make the internal computations of neural networks visible (‘interpretable’) to humans. This is useful for a) making deep learning models robust / fair / safe and b) in order to come to an empirical, scientific understanding of why deep learning works. We will cover various methods from the literature, and focus in particular on the study of circuits, i.e. modular subnetworks that serve a particular function.

Recommended reading:

The Building Blocks of Interpretability (

Optional reading:

  1. Adversarial Examples Are Not Bugs, They Are Features (
  2. Are Neural Nets Modular? Inspecting Functional Modularity Through Differentiable Weight Masks (

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This talk is part of the Machine Learning Reading Group @ CUED series.

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