Unbox the Blackbox: Predict and Interpret YouTube Viewership Using Deep Learning [article]

Jiaheng Xie, Xiao Liu
2022 arXiv   pre-print
Predicting video viewership is a top priority for content creators and video-sharing sites. Content creators live on such predictions to maximize influences and minimize budgets. Video-sharing sites rely on this prediction to promote credible videos and curb violative videos. Although deep learning champions viewership prediction, it lacks interpretability, which is fundamental to increasing the adoption of predictive models and prescribing measurements to improve viewership. Following the
more » ... n-science paradigm, we propose a novel interpretable IT system, Precise Wide and Deep Learning (PrecWD), to precisely interpret viewership prediction. Improving upon state-of-the-art frameworks, PrecWD offers precise feature effects and designs an unstructured component. PrecWD outperforms benchmarks in two contexts: health video viewership prediction and misinformation viewership prediction. A user study confirms the superior interpretability of PrecWD. This study contributes to IS design theory with generalizable design principles and an interpretable predictive framework. Our findings provide implications to improve video viewership and credibility.
arXiv:2101.01076v5 fatcat:wzbxm32ndvespfnlgngawqfkyq