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Geovisual Analytics and Interactive Machine Learning for Situational Awareness

Oct 11, 2019
Morteza Karimzadeh, Luke S. Snyder, David S. Ebert

The first responder community has traditionally relied on calls from the public, officially-provided geographic information and maps for coordinating actions on the ground. The ubiquity of social media platforms created an opportunity for near real-time sensing of the situation (e.g. unfolding weather events or crises) through volunteered geographic information. In this article, we provide an overview of the design process and features of the Social Media Analytics Reporting Toolkit (SMART), a visual analytics platform developed at Purdue University for providing first responders with real-time situational awareness. We attribute its successful adoption by many first responders to its user-centered design, interactive (geo)visualizations and interactive machine learning, giving users control over analysis.


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Fake news detection using Deep Learning

Oct 11, 2019
Álvaro Ibrain Rodríguez, Lara Lloret Iglesias

The evolution of the information and communication technologies has dramatically increased the number of people with access to the Internet, which has changed the way the information is consumed. As a consequence of the above, fake news have become one of the major concerns because its potential to destabilize governments, which makes them a potential danger to modern society. An example of this can be found in the US. electoral campaign, where the term "fake news" gained great notoriety due to the influence of the hoaxes in the final result of these. In this work the feasibility of applying deep learning techniques to discriminate fake news on the Internet using only their text is studied. In order to accomplish that, three different neural network architectures are proposed, one of them based on BERT, a modern language model created by Google which achieves state-of-the-art results.


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DeepMNavigate: Deep Reinforced Multi-Robot Navigation Unifying Local & Global Collision Avoidance

Oct 04, 2019
Qingyang Tan, Tingxiang Fan, Jia Pan, Dinesh Manocha

We present a novel algorithm (DeepMNavigate) for global multi-agent navigation in dense scenarios using deep reinforcement learning. Our approach uses local and global information for each robot based on motion information maps. We use a three-layer CNN that uses these maps as input and generate a suitable action to drive each robot to its goal position. Our approach is general, learns an optimal policy using a multi-scenario, multi-state training algorithm, and can directly handle raw sensor measurements for local observations. We demonstrate the performance on complex, dense benchmarks with narrow passages on environments with tens of agents. We highlight the algorithm's benefits over prior learning methods and geometric decentralized algorithms in complex scenarios.


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Style-aware Neural Model with Application in Authorship Attribution

Sep 12, 2019
Fereshteh Jafariakinabad, Kien A. Hua

Writing style is a combination of consistent decisions associated with a specific author at different levels of language production, including lexical, syntactic, and structural. In this paper, we introduce a style-aware neural model to encode document information from three stylistic levels and evaluate it in the domain of authorship attribution. First, we propose a simple way to jointly encode syntactic and lexical representations of sentences. Subsequently, we employ an attention-based hierarchical neural network to encode the syntactic and semantic structure of sentences in documents while rewarding the sentences which contribute more to capturing the writing style. Our experimental results, based on four benchmark datasets, reveal the benefits of encoding document information from all three stylistic levels when compared to the baseline methods in the literature.

* arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1902.09723 

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Multi-Channel Neural Network for Assessing Neonatal Pain from Videos

Aug 25, 2019
Md Sirajus Salekin, Ghada Zamzmi, Dmitry Goldgof, Rangachar Kasturi, Thao Ho, Yu Sun

Neonates do not have the ability to either articulate pain or communicate it non-verbally by pointing. The current clinical standard for assessing neonatal pain is intermittent and highly subjective. This discontinuity and subjectivity can lead to inconsistent assessment, and therefore, inadequate treatment. In this paper, we propose a multi-channel deep learning framework for assessing neonatal pain from videos. The proposed framework integrates information from two pain indicators or channels, namely facial expression and body movement, using convolutional neural network (CNN). It also integrates temporal information using a recurrent neural network (LSTM). The experimental results prove the efficiency and superiority of the proposed temporal and multi-channel framework as compared to existing similar methods.

* Accepted to IEEE SMC 2019 

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Careful Selection of Knowledge to solve Open Book Question Answering

Jul 24, 2019
Pratyay Banerjee, Kuntal Kumar Pal, Arindam Mitra, Chitta Baral

Open book question answering is a type of natural language based QA (NLQA) where questions are expected to be answered with respect to a given set of open book facts, and common knowledge about a topic. Recently a challenge involving such QA, OpenBookQA, has been proposed. Unlike most other NLQA tasks that focus on linguistic understanding, OpenBookQA requires deeper reasoning involving linguistic understanding as well as reasoning with common knowledge. In this paper we address QA with respect to the OpenBookQA dataset and combine state of the art language models with abductive information retrieval (IR), information gain based re-ranking, passage selection and weighted scoring to achieve 72.0% accuracy, an 11.6% improvement over the current state of the art.

* Accepted to ACL 2019 

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Assessing incrementality in sequence-to-sequence models

Jun 07, 2019
Dennis Ulmer, Dieuwke Hupkes, Elia Bruni

Since their inception, encoder-decoder models have successfully been applied to a wide array of problems in computational linguistics. The most recent successes are predominantly due to the use of different variations of attention mechanisms, but their cognitive plausibility is questionable. In particular, because past representations can be revisited at any point in time, attention-centric methods seem to lack an incentive to build up incrementally more informative representations of incoming sentences. This way of processing stands in stark contrast with the way in which humans are believed to process language: continuously and rapidly integrating new information as it is encountered. In this work, we propose three novel metrics to assess the behavior of RNNs with and without an attention mechanism and identify key differences in the way the different model types process sentences.

* Accepted at Repl4NLP, ACL 

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Estimating Kullback-Leibler Divergence Using Kernel Machines

May 02, 2019
Kartik Ahuja

Recently, a method called the Mutual Information Neural Estimator (MINE) that uses neural networks has been proposed to estimate mutual information and more generally the Kullback-Leibler (KL) divergence between two distributions. The method uses the Donsker-Varadhan representation to arrive at the estimate of the KL divergence and is better than the existing estimators in terms of scalability and flexibility. The output of MINE algorithm is not guaranteed to be a consistent estimator. We propose a new estimator that instead of searching among functions characterized by neural networks searches the functions in a Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space. We prove that the proposed estimator is consistent. We carry out simulations and show that when the datasets are small the proposed estimator is more reliable than the MINE estimator and when the datasets are large the performance of the two methods are close.


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Generative Visual Dialogue System via Adaptive Reasoning and Weighted Likelihood Estimation

Feb 26, 2019
Heming Zhang, Shalini Ghosh, Larry Heck, Stephen Walsh, Junting Zhang, Jie Zhang, C. -C. Jay Kuo

The key challenge of generative Visual Dialogue (VD) systems is to respond to human queries with informative answers in natural and contiguous conversation flow. Traditional Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE)-based methods only learn from positive responses but ignore the negative responses, and consequently tend to yield safe or generic responses. To address this issue, we propose a novel training scheme in conjunction with weighted likelihood estimation (WLE) method. Furthermore, an adaptive multi-modal reasoning module is designed, to accommodate various dialogue scenarios automatically and select relevant information accordingly. The experimental results on the VisDial benchmark demonstrate the superiority of our proposed algorithm over other state-of-the-art approaches, with an improvement of 5.81% on [email protected]


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