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Towards Crafting Text Adversarial Samples

Jul 10, 2017
Suranjana Samanta, Sameep Mehta

Adversarial samples are strategically modified samples, which are crafted with the purpose of fooling a classifier at hand. An attacker introduces specially crafted adversarial samples to a deployed classifier, which are being mis-classified by the classifier. However, the samples are perceived to be drawn from entirely different classes and thus it becomes hard to detect the adversarial samples. Most of the prior works have been focused on synthesizing adversarial samples in the image domain. In this paper, we propose a new method of crafting adversarial text samples by modification of the original samples. Modifications of the original text samples are done by deleting or replacing the important or salient words in the text or by introducing new words in the text sample. Our algorithm works best for the datasets which have sub-categories within each of the classes of examples. While crafting adversarial samples, one of the key constraint is to generate meaningful sentences which can at pass off as legitimate from language (English) viewpoint. Experimental results on IMDB movie review dataset for sentiment analysis and Twitter dataset for gender detection show the efficiency of our proposed method.

* 11 pages, 5 figues 

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Unsupervised Learning for Lexicon-Based Classification

Nov 21, 2016
Jacob Eisenstein

In lexicon-based classification, documents are assigned labels by comparing the number of words that appear from two opposed lexicons, such as positive and negative sentiment. Creating such words lists is often easier than labeling instances, and they can be debugged by non-experts if classification performance is unsatisfactory. However, there is little analysis or justification of this classification heuristic. This paper describes a set of assumptions that can be used to derive a probabilistic justification for lexicon-based classification, as well as an analysis of its expected accuracy. One key assumption behind lexicon-based classification is that all words in each lexicon are equally predictive. This is rarely true in practice, which is why lexicon-based approaches are usually outperformed by supervised classifiers that learn distinct weights on each word from labeled instances. This paper shows that it is possible to learn such weights without labeled data, by leveraging co-occurrence statistics across the lexicons. This offers the best of both worlds: light supervision in the form of lexicons, and data-driven classification with higher accuracy than traditional word-counting heuristics.

* to appear in AAAI 2017 

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Example-based Hypernetworks for Out-of-Distribution Generalization

Apr 02, 2022
Tomer Volk, Eyal Ben-David, Ohad Amosy, Gal Chechik, Roi Reichart

While Natural Language Processing (NLP) algorithms keep reaching unprecedented milestones, out-of-distribution generalization is still challenging. In this paper we address the problem of multi-source adaptation to unknown domains: Given labeled data from multiple source domains, we aim to generalize to data drawn from target domains that are unknown to the algorithm at training time. We present an algorithmic framework based on example-based Hypernetwork adaptation: Given an input example, a T5 encoder-decoder first generates a unique signature which embeds this example in the semantic space of the source domains, and this signature is then fed into a Hypernetwork which generates the weights of the task classifier. In an advanced version of our model, the learned signature also serves for improving the representation of the input example. In experiments with two tasks, sentiment classification and natural language inference, across 29 adaptation settings, our algorithms substantially outperform existing algorithms for this adaptation setup. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time Hypernetworks are applied to domain adaptation or in example-based manner in NLP.

* First two authors contributed equally to this work. Our code and data are available at: 

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A Comprehensive Review on Summarizing Financial News Using Deep Learning

Sep 21, 2021
Saurabh Kamal, Sahil Sharma

Investors make investment decisions depending on several factors such as fundamental analysis, technical analysis, and quantitative analysis. Another factor on which investors can make investment decisions is through sentiment analysis of news headlines, the sole purpose of this study. Natural Language Processing techniques are typically used to deal with such a large amount of data and get valuable information out of it. NLP algorithms convert raw text into numerical representations that machines can easily understand and interpret. This conversion can be done using various embedding techniques. In this research, embedding techniques used are BoW, TF-IDF, Word2Vec, BERT, GloVe, and FastText, and then fed to deep learning models such as RNN and LSTM. This work aims to evaluate these model's performance to choose the robust model in identifying the significant factors influencing the prediction. During this research, it was expected that Deep Leaming would be applied to get the desired results or achieve better accuracy than the state-of-the-art. The models are compared to check their outputs to know which one has performed better.

* 48 Figures, 9 Tables, and 28 Pages. The Paper is under review in an SCI Journal 

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Identifying Helpful Sentences in Product Reviews

May 05, 2021
Iftah Gamzu, Hila Gonen, Gilad Kutiel, Ran Levy, Eugene Agichtein

In recent years online shopping has gained momentum and became an important venue for customers wishing to save time and simplify their shopping process. A key advantage of shopping online is the ability to read what other customers are saying about products of interest. In this work, we aim to maintain this advantage in situations where extreme brevity is needed, for example, when shopping by voice. We suggest a novel task of extracting a single representative helpful sentence from a set of reviews for a given product. The selected sentence should meet two conditions: first, it should be helpful for a purchase decision and second, the opinion it expresses should be supported by multiple reviewers. This task is closely related to the task of Multi Document Summarization in the product reviews domain but differs in its objective and its level of conciseness. We collect a dataset in English of sentence helpfulness scores via crowd-sourcing and demonstrate its reliability despite the inherent subjectivity involved. Next, we describe a complete model that extracts representative helpful sentences with positive and negative sentiment towards the product and demonstrate that it outperforms several baselines.

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AlephBERT:A Hebrew Large Pre-Trained Language Model to Start-off your Hebrew NLP Application With

Apr 08, 2021
Amit Seker, Elron Bandel, Dan Bareket, Idan Brusilovsky, Refael Shaked Greenfeld, Reut Tsarfaty

Large Pre-trained Language Models (PLMs) have become ubiquitous in the development of language understanding technology and lie at the heart of many artificial intelligence advances. While advances reported for English using PLMs are unprecedented, reported advances using PLMs in Hebrew are few and far between. The problem is twofold. First, Hebrew resources available for training NLP models are not at the same order of magnitude as their English counterparts. Second, there are no accepted tasks and benchmarks to evaluate the progress of Hebrew PLMs on. In this work we aim to remedy both aspects. First, we present AlephBERT, a large pre-trained language model for Modern Hebrew, which is trained on larger vocabulary and a larger dataset than any Hebrew PLM before. Second, using AlephBERT we present new state-of-the-art results on multiple Hebrew tasks and benchmarks, including: Segmentation, Part-of-Speech Tagging, full Morphological Tagging, Named-Entity Recognition and Sentiment Analysis. We make our AlephBERT model publicly available, providing a single point of entry for the development of Hebrew NLP applications.

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BRDS: An FPGA-based LSTM Accelerator with Row-Balanced Dual-Ratio Sparsification

Jan 07, 2021
Seyed Abolfazl Ghasemzadeh, Erfan Bank Tavakoli, Mehdi Kamal, Ali Afzali-Kusha, Massoud Pedram

In this paper, first, a hardware-friendly pruning algorithm for reducing energy consumption and improving the speed of Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) neural network accelerators is presented. Next, an FPGA-based platform for efficient execution of the pruned networks based on the proposed algorithm is introduced. By considering the sensitivity of two weight matrices of the LSTM models in pruning, different sparsity ratios (i.e., dual-ratio sparsity) are applied to these weight matrices. To reduce memory accesses, a row-wise sparsity pattern is adopted. The proposed hardware architecture makes use of computation overlapping and pipelining to achieve low-power and high-speed. The effectiveness of the proposed pruning algorithm and accelerator is assessed under some benchmarks for natural language processing, binary sentiment classification, and speech recognition. Results show that, e.g., compared to a recently published work in this field, the proposed accelerator could provide up to 272% higher effective GOPS/W and the perplexity error is reduced by up to 1.4% for the PTB dataset.

* 8 pages, 9 figures, 2 tables 

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A Neural Generative Model for Joint Learning Topics and Topic-Specific Word Embeddings

Aug 11, 2020
Lixing Zhu, Yulan He, Deyu Zhou

We propose a novel generative model to explore both local and global context for joint learning topics and topic-specific word embeddings. In particular, we assume that global latent topics are shared across documents, a word is generated by a hidden semantic vector encoding its contextual semantic meaning, and its context words are generated conditional on both the hidden semantic vector and global latent topics. Topics are trained jointly with the word embeddings. The trained model maps words to topic-dependent embeddings, which naturally addresses the issue of word polysemy. Experimental results show that the proposed model outperforms the word-level embedding methods in both word similarity evaluation and word sense disambiguation. Furthermore, the model also extracts more coherent topics compared with existing neural topic models or other models for joint learning of topics and word embeddings. Finally, the model can be easily integrated with existing deep contextualized word embedding learning methods to further improve the performance of downstream tasks such as sentiment classification.

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Cost-Sensitive BERT for Generalisable Sentence Classification with Imbalanced Data

Mar 16, 2020
Harish Tayyar Madabushi, Elena Kochkina, Michael Castelle

The automatic identification of propaganda has gained significance in recent years due to technological and social changes in the way news is generated and consumed. That this task can be addressed effectively using BERT, a powerful new architecture which can be fine-tuned for text classification tasks, is not surprising. However, propaganda detection, like other tasks that deal with news documents and other forms of decontextualized social communication (e.g. sentiment analysis), inherently deals with data whose categories are simultaneously imbalanced and dissimilar. We show that BERT, while capable of handling imbalanced classes with no additional data augmentation, does not generalise well when the training and test data are sufficiently dissimilar (as is often the case with news sources, whose topics evolve over time). We show how to address this problem by providing a statistical measure of similarity between datasets and a method of incorporating cost-weighting into BERT when the training and test sets are dissimilar. We test these methods on the Propaganda Techniques Corpus (PTC) and achieve the second-highest score on sentence-level propaganda classification.

* NLP4IF 2019 

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