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FC-KBQA: A Fine-to-Coarse Composition Framework for Knowledge Base Question Answering

Jun 26, 2023
Lingxi Zhang, Jing Zhang, Yanling Wang, Shulin Cao, Xinmei Huang, Cuiping Li, Hong Chen, Juanzi Li

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The generalization problem on KBQA has drawn considerable attention. Existing research suffers from the generalization issue brought by the entanglement in the coarse-grained modeling of the logical expression, or inexecutability issues due to the fine-grained modeling of disconnected classes and relations in real KBs. We propose a Fine-to-Coarse Composition framework for KBQA (FC-KBQA) to both ensure the generalization ability and executability of the logical expression. The main idea of FC-KBQA is to extract relevant fine-grained knowledge components from KB and reformulate them into middle-grained knowledge pairs for generating the final logical expressions. FC-KBQA derives new state-of-the-art performance on GrailQA and WebQSP, and runs 4 times faster than the baseline.

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Continual Transfer Learning for Cross-Domain Click-Through Rate Prediction at Taobao

Aug 11, 2022
Lixin Liu, Yanling Wang, Tianming Wang, Dong Guan, Jiawei Wu, Jingxu Chen, Rong Xiao, Wenxiang Zhu, Fei Fang

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As one of the largest e-commerce platforms in the world, Taobao's recommendation systems (RSs) serve the demands of shopping for hundreds of millions of customers. Click-Through Rate (CTR) prediction is a core component of the RS. One of the biggest characteristics in CTR prediction at Taobao is that there exist multiple recommendation domains where the scales of different domains vary significantly. Therefore, it is crucial to perform cross-domain CTR prediction to transfer knowledge from large domains to small domains to alleviate the data sparsity issue. However, existing cross-domain CTR prediction methods are proposed for static knowledge transfer, ignoring that all domains in real-world RSs are continually time-evolving. In light of this, we present a necessary but novel task named Continual Transfer Learning (CTL), which transfers knowledge from a time-evolving source domain to a time-evolving target domain. In this work, we propose a simple and effective CTL model called CTNet to solve the problem of continual cross-domain CTR prediction at Taobao, and CTNet can be trained efficiently. Particularly, CTNet considers an important characteristic in the industry that models has been continually well-trained for a very long time. So CTNet aims to fully utilize all the well-trained model parameters in both source domain and target domain to avoid losing historically acquired knowledge, and only needs incremental target domain data for training to guarantee efficiency. Extensive offline experiments and online A/B testing at Taobao demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of CTNet. CTNet is now deployed online in the recommender systems of Taobao, serving the main traffic of hundreds of millions of active users.

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Deep Learning Based Gait Recognition Using Smartphones in the Wild

Nov 01, 2018
Qin Zou, Yanling Wang, Yi Zhao, Qian Wang, Chao Shen, Qingquan Li

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Comparing with other biometrics, gait has advantages of being unobtrusive and difficult to conceal. Inertial sensors such as accelerometer and gyroscope are often used to capture gait dynamics. Nowadays, these inertial sensors have commonly been integrated in smartphones and widely used by average person, which makes it very convenient and inexpensive to collect gait data. In this paper, we study gait recognition using smartphones in the wild. Unlike traditional methods that often require the person to walk along a specified road and/or at a normal walking speed, the proposed method collects inertial gait data under a condition of unconstraint without knowing when, where, and how the user walks. To obtain a high performance of person identification and authentication, deep-learning techniques are presented to learn and model the gait biometrics from the walking data. Specifically, a hybrid deep neural network is proposed for robust gait feature representation, where features in the space domain and in the time domain are successively abstracted by a convolutional neural network and a recurrent neural network. In the experiments, two datasets collected by smartphones on a total of 118 subjects are used for evaluations. Experiments show that the proposed method achieves over 93.5% and 93.7% accuracy in person identification and authentication, respectively.

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