When should I use a switchback test?

What are the considerations for when to use a switchback test vs other types of decision model testing?

You should use a switchback test to account for network effects when you want to see how a candidate model makes decisions that impact real-world operations. It’s best practice to run a series of historical tests such as batch, scenario, and acceptance tests, and then progress to shadow testing on production data. Switchback testing is often a final step before committing to fully rolling out a candidate model to production.

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