LocalGLMnet: interpretable deep learning for tabular data

Scandinavian Actuarial Journal 2022 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03461238.2022.2081816

Posted: 26 Jul 2021 Last revised: 9 Jun 2022

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Ronald Richman

Old Mutual Insure; University of the Witwatersrand

Mario V. Wuthrich

RiskLab, ETH Zurich

Date Written: July 23, 2021


Deep learning models have gained great popularity in statistical modeling because they lead to very competitive regression models, often outperforming classical statistical models such as generalized linear models. The disadvantage of deep learning models is that their solutions are difficult to interpret and explain, and variable selection is not easily possible because deep learning models solve feature engineering and variable selection internally in a nontransparent way. Inspired by the appealing structure of generalized linear models, we propose a new network architecture that shares similar features as generalized linear models, but provides superior predictive power benefiting from the art of representation learning. This new architecture allows for variable selection of tabular data and for interpretation of the calibrated deep learning model, in fact, our approach provides an additive decomposition in the spirit of Shapley values and integrated gradients.

Keywords: deep learning, neural networks, generalized linear model, regression model, variable selection, explainable deep learning, attention layer, tabular data, exponential dispersion family, Shapley values, SHapley Additive exPlanations (SHAP), integrated gradients

JEL Classification: G22, C45, C12, C31

Suggested Citation

Richman, Ronald and Wuthrich, Mario V., LocalGLMnet: interpretable deep learning for tabular data (July 23, 2021). Scandinavian Actuarial Journal 2022 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03461238.2022.2081816, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3892015 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3892015

Ronald Richman

Old Mutual Insure ( email )

Wanooka Place
St Andrews Road
Johannesburg, 2192
South Africa

University of the Witwatersrand ( email )

Mario V. Wuthrich (Contact Author)

RiskLab, ETH Zurich ( email )

Department of Mathematics
Ramistrasse 101
Zurich, 8092

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