This talk is part of the NLP Seminar Series.

Evaluating Explanations

Danish Pruthi, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Date: 11:00am - 12:00pm, April 20th 2023
Venue: Room 287, Gates Computer Science Building; Zoom (link hidden)


While large deep learning models have become increasingly accurate, concerns about their (lack of) interpretability have taken a center stage. In response, a growing subfield on interpretability and analysis of these models has emerged. While hundreds of techniques have been proposed to “explain” predictions of models, what aims these explanations serve and how they ought to be evaluated are often unstated. In this talk, I will present a framework to quantify the value of explanations, along with specific applications in a variety of contexts. I would end with some of my thoughts on evaluating large language models and the rationales they generate.


Danish Pruthi is an incoming assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was advised by Graham Neubig and Zachary Lipton. He is broadly interested in the areas of natural language processing and deep learning, with a focus on model interpretability. He completed his bachelors degree in computer science from BITS Pilani, Pilani. He has spent time doing research at Google AI, Facebook AI Research, Microsoft Research, Amazon AI and IISc. He is also a recipient of the Siebel Scholarship and the CMU Presidential Fellowship. His legal name is only Danish—a cause of airport quagmires and, in equal parts, funny anecdotes.