Summarising and Comparing Agent Dynamics with Contrastive Spatiotemporal Abstraction

Published in XAI-IJCAI22 Workshop, 2022

Recommended citation: Bewley, Tom and Lawry, Jonathan and Richards, Arthur. "Summarising and Comparing Agent Dynamics with Contrastive Spatiotemporal Abstraction" XAI-IJCAI22 Workshop. 2022. [PDF]

We introduce a data-driven, model-agnostic technique for generating a human-interpretable summary of the salient points of contrast within an evolving dynamical system, such as the learning process of a control agent. It involves the aggregation of transition data along both spatial and temporal dimensions according to an information-theoretic divergence measure. A practical algorithm is outlined for continuous state spaces, and deployed to summarise the learning histories of deep reinforcement learning agents with the aid of graphical and textual communication methods. We expect our method to be complementary to existing techniques in the realm of agent interpretability.