Concept | What if? analysis#

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What if analyses can be a useful exercise to help both data scientists and business analysts get a sense for what a model will predict, given different input values.

What if simulator feature.

After training a machine learning model in Dataiku, you can use a What if? simulator to try out various combinations of values for important features and see the resulting predictions.

Data scientists can access this feature within the Visual ML interface, or publish it to a dashboard for broader use.

You can use the drop-down menus and sliders to adjust the values, type in your own, or even choose to ignore features to simulate a situation with missing values. On the right, you can review the new prediction based on your inputs.

What if simulator feature for running qualitative sensibility analyses.

The visualization will adjust depending on your model’s purpose:

  • Binary classification.

  • Multi-class classification.

  • Regression.

Regardless of the modeling task, for each simulation, you can inspect which features were most influential for this individual prediction, and the direction of the influence.

To compare and contrast outcomes for different experiments, try the Comparator tool. You can manually create samples, or copy a row from an existing dataset. You can even give these examples descriptive names and copy them to another saved model altogether, to see if they deliver similar results.

What if side-by-side comparator.

To learn more, visit Interactive scoring in the reference documentation.