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AI-fueled SAS Viya allows customers a peek into ML techniques

Latest release adds layers of interpretability and transparency to open the ‘black box’ of artificial intelligence

Auto mechanics can only be helpful if they can look under a car’s hood. The same applies to data scientists and their ability to extract valuable insights from artificial intelligence (AI) models. While new machine learning techniques help produce more accurate analytical models, these complex models are often black boxes, revealing little about how the model determines its results.

With an emphasis on providing greater interpretability and transparency in AI, the latest release of SAS Viya helps data scientists and business users alike better understand their models and adjust them for turbocharged results. Analytics leader SAS also includes new features to integrate open source AI technologies directly into SAS Viya and help organizations use AI to automate analytics for better data privacy protection.

“While AI promises to deliver real business benefits to organizations, there are significant concerns in the areas of protection of personal information and transparency in automating decision making,” said Dave Schubmehl, Research Director for Cognitive/Artificial Intelligent Systems and Content Analytics at IDC. “AI solution providers will need to address these concerns by automation features that identify personal information and incorporate transparency features within their offerings.”

As the complexity of machine learning models increases, it becomes harder to determine why they made a certain prediction. The models offer a probability but can be opaque and hard to interpret. Interpretability – the ability to understand the cause of a decision and consistently predict a model’s result – is crucial for trust in AI and machine learning.

“Trust is a critical factor that promotes adoption for any emerging technology and AI and Machine Learning today are facing the same challenge – globally as well as in India. While interest levels of Indian businesses to adopt AI and Machine learning as part of their ecosystem is at an all-time high, the lack of transparency inhibits growth. With the latest release of SAS Viya, model interpretability and explanation becomes just as important as predictive performance, giving businesses the clarity and confidence to take decisions”

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