The shapper is an R package which ports the shap python library in R. For details and examples see shapper repository on github and shapper website.

SHAP (SHapley Additive exPlanations) is a method to explain predictions of any machine learning model. For more details about this method see shap repository on github.

Python library shap

To run shapper python library shap is required. It can be installed both by python or R. To install it throught R, you an use function install_shap from the shapper package.


Load data sets

The example usage is presented on the HR dataset from the R package DALEX. For more details see DALEX github repository.

Y_train <- HR$status
x_train <- HR[ , -6]

Let's build models

model_rf <- randomForest(x = x_train, y = Y_train)

model_tree <- rpart(status~. , data = HR)

Here shapper starts

First step is to create an explainer for each model. The explainer is an object that wraps up a model and meta-data.


p_function <- function(model, data) predict(model, newdata = data, type = "prob")

ive_rf <- individual_variable_effect(model_rf, data = x_train, predict_function = p_function,
            new_observation = x_train[1:2,], nsamples = 50)

ive_tree <- individual_variable_effect(model_tree, data = x_train, predict_function = p_function,
            new_observation = x_train[1:2,], nsamples = 50)

Plotting results

plot(ive_rf, bar_width = 4)

To see only attributions use option show_predicted = FALSE.

plot(ive_rf, show_predicted = FALSE, bar_width = 4)

We can show many models on one grid.

plot(ive_rf, ive_tree, show_predicted = FALSE, bar_width = 4)

Let's filter data for plot

ive_rf_filtered <- ive_rf[ive_rf$`_ylevel_` =="fired", ]