Score-CAM: Score-weighted visual explanations for convolutional neural networks

Haofan Wang, Zifan Wang, Mengnan Du, Fan Yang, Zijian Zhang, Sirui Ding, Piotr Mardziel, Xia Hu

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Abstract

Recently, increasing attention has been drawn to the internal mechanisms of convolutional neural networks, and the reason why the network makes specific decisions. In this paper, we develop a novel post-hoc visual explanation method called Score-CAM based on class activation mapping. Unlike previous class activation mapping based approaches, Score-CAM gets rid of the dependence on gradients by obtaining the weight of each activation map through its forward passing score on target class, the final result is obtained by a linear combination of weights and activation maps. We demonstrate that Score-CAM achieves better visual performance and fairness for interpreting the decision making process. Our approach outperforms previous methods on both recognition and localization tasks, it also passes the sanity check. We also indicate its application as debugging tools. The implementation is available1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, CVPRW 2020
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages111-119
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781728193601
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, CVPRW 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2020Jun 19 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops
Volume2020-June
ISSN (Print)2160-7508
ISSN (Electronic)2160-7516

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, CVPRW 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/14/206/19/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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