Re: Toward a web standard for XAI?

My research group has proposed a machine learning classification approach exploiting automatic ontology-based annotation of input data to merge computational statistics with non-standard reasoning.

A paper has been accepted in the Semantic Web journal and is in press [1]. Pre-press version can be found in [2].

Basically, the typical classification problem of ML is treated as resource discovery by means of semantic matchmaking. Outputs of classification are endowed with machine-understandable OWL descriptions, while the adopted reasoning procedures for matchmaking allow logic-based result explanation.

In our early tests classification performance is not so bad w.r.t. the state of the art, but both models and outcomes are explainable: considering the reference questions in the DARPA XAI initiative [3], our approach fully addresses "Why did you do that?", "Why not something else?" and "How do I correct an error?/Why did you err?".

We are currently working to make the approach more amenable to large distributed sensors network/IoT scenarios and to improve both classification and computational performance.

Best regards,


Floriano Scioscia, Ph.D.
Information Systems<> Research Group
Department of Electrical and Information Engineering<>
Polytechnic University of Bari<>
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