Workshop: Responsible Decision Making in Dynamic Environments

Perspectives on Incorporating Expert Feedback into Model Updates

Valerie Chen · Umang Bhatt · Hoda Heidari · Adrian Weller · Ameet Talwalkar


Machine learning (ML) practitioners are increasingly tasked with developing models that are aligned with non-technical experts' values and goals. However, there has been insufficient consideration on how practitioners should translate domain expertise into ML updates. In this paper, we consider how to capture interactions between practitioners and experts systematically. We devise a taxonomy to match expert feedback types with practitioner updates. A practitioner may receive feedback from an expert at the observation- or domain-level, and convert this feedback into updates to the dataset, loss function, or parameter space. We review existing work from ML and human-computer interaction to describe this feedback-update taxonomy, and highlight the insufficient consideration given to incorporating feedback from non-technical experts. We end with open questions that naturally arise from our proposed taxonomy and subsequent survey.

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