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Learning Multi-Sense Word Distributions using Approximate Kullback-Leibler Divergence

Nov 12, 2019
P. Jayashree, Ballijepalli Shreya, P. K. Srijith

Learning word representations has garnered greater attention in the recent past due to its diverse text applications. Word embeddings encapsulate the syntactic and semantic regularities of sentences. Modelling word embedding as multi-sense gaussian mixture distributions, will additionally capture uncertainty and polysemy of words. We propose to learn the Gaussian mixture representation of words using a Kullback-Leibler (KL) divergence based objective function. The KL divergence based energy function provides a better distance metric which can effectively capture entailment and distribution similarity among the words. Due to the intractability of KL divergence for Gaussian mixture, we go for a KL approximation between Gaussian mixtures. We perform qualitative and quantitative experiments on benchmark word similarity and entailment datasets which demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

* 7 pages, 4 tables 

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A Good Sample is Hard to Find: Noise Injection Sampling and Self-Training for Neural Language Generation Models

Nov 08, 2019
Chris Kedzie, Kathleen McKeown

Deep neural networks (DNN) are quickly becoming the de facto standard modeling method for many natural language generation (NLG) tasks. In order for such models to truly be useful, they must be capable of correctly generating utterances for novel meaning representations (MRs) at test time. In practice, even sophisticated DNNs with various forms of semantic control frequently fail to generate utterances faithful to the input MR. In this paper, we propose an architecture agnostic self-training method to sample novel MR/text utterance pairs to augment the original training data. Remarkably, after training on the augmented data, even simple encoder-decoder models with greedy decoding are capable of generating semantically correct utterances that are as good as state-of-the-art outputs in both automatic and human evaluations of quality.

* Accepted as a long paper at INLG 2019 

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LIDA: Lightweight Interactive Dialogue Annotator

Nov 05, 2019
Edward Collins, Nikolai Rozanov, Bingbing Zhang

Dialogue systems have the potential to change how people interact with machines but are highly dependent on the quality of the data used to train them. It is therefore important to develop good dialogue annotation tools which can improve the speed and quality of dialogue data annotation. With this in mind, we introduce LIDA, an annotation tool designed specifically for conversation data. As far as we know, LIDA is the first dialogue annotation system that handles the entire dialogue annotation pipeline from raw text, as may be the output of transcription services, to structured conversation data. Furthermore it supports the integration of arbitrary machine learning models as annotation recommenders and also has a dedicated interface to resolve inter-annotator disagreements such as after crowdsourcing annotations for a dataset. LIDA is fully open source, documented and publicly available [ ]

* ACL, EMNLP(D19-3021), 121--126, (2019) 
* 9 pages, 7 figures, 1 table, EMNLP 2019 

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Instance-Based Model Adaptation For Direct Speech Translation

Oct 23, 2019
Mattia Antonino Di Gangi, Viet-Nhat Nguyen, Matteo Negri, Marco Turchi

Despite recent technology advancements, the effectiveness of neural approaches to end-to-end speech-to-text translation is still limited by the paucity of publicly available training corpora. We tackle this limitation with a method to improve data exploitation and boost the system's performance at inference time. Our approach allows us to customize "on the fly" an existing model to each incoming translation request. At its core, it exploits an instance selection procedure to retrieve, from a given pool of data, a small set of samples similar to the input query in terms of latent properties of its audio signal. The retrieved samples are then used for an instance-specific fine-tuning of the model. We evaluate our approach in three different scenarios. In all data conditions (different languages, in/out-of-domain adaptation), our instance-based adaptation yields coherent performance gains over static models.

* 6 pages, under review at ICASSP 2020 

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Learning Rhyming Constraints using Structured Adversaries

Sep 15, 2019
Harsh Jhamtani, Sanket Vaibhav Mehta, Jaime Carbonell, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick

Existing recurrent neural language models often fail to capture higher-level structure present in text: for example, rhyming patterns present in poetry. Much prior work on poetry generation uses manually defined constraints which are satisfied during decoding using either specialized decoding procedures or rejection sampling. The rhyming constraints themselves are typically not learned by the generator. We propose an alternate approach that uses a structured discriminator to learn a poetry generator that directly captures rhyming constraints in a generative adversarial setup. By causing the discriminator to compare poems based only on a learned similarity matrix of pairs of line ending words, the proposed approach is able to successfully learn rhyming patterns in two different English poetry datasets (Sonnet and Limerick) without explicitly being provided with any phonetic information.

* EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019 Short Paper 

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TEASPN: Framework and Protocol for Integrated Writing Assistance Environments

Sep 05, 2019
Masato Hagiwara, Takumi Ito, Tatsuki Kuribayashi, Jun Suzuki, Kentaro Inui

Language technologies play a key role in assisting people with their writing. Although there has been steady progress in e.g., grammatical error correction (GEC), human writers are yet to benefit from this progress due to the high development cost of integrating with writing software. We propose TEASPN, a protocol and an open-source framework for achieving integrated writing assistance environments. The protocol standardizes the way writing software communicates with servers that implement such technologies, allowing developers and researchers to integrate the latest developments in natural language processing (NLP) with low cost. As a result, users can enjoy the integrated experience in their favorite writing software. The results from experiments with human participants show that users use a wide range of technologies and rate their writing experience favorably, allowing them to write more fluent text.

* Accepted at EMNLP 2019 (system demonstrations) 

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Discriminative Topic Modeling with Logistic LDA

Sep 03, 2019
Iryna Korshunova, Hanchen Xiong, Mateusz Fedoryszak, Lucas Theis

Despite many years of research into latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA), applying LDA to collections of non-categorical items is still challenging. Yet many problems with much richer data share a similar structure and could benefit from the vast literature on LDA. We propose logistic LDA, a novel discriminative variant of latent Dirichlet allocation which is easy to apply to arbitrary inputs. In particular, our model can easily be applied to groups of images, arbitrary text embeddings, and integrate well with deep neural networks. Although it is a discriminative model, we show that logistic LDA can learn from unlabeled data in an unsupervised manner by exploiting the group structure present in the data. In contrast to other recent topic models designed to handle arbitrary inputs, our model does not sacrifice the interpretability and principled motivation of LDA.

* Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 32, 2019 

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Discourse-Aware Semantic Self-Attention for Narrative Reading Comprehension

Aug 28, 2019
Todor Mihaylov, Anette Frank

In this work, we propose to use linguistic annotations as a basis for a \textit{Discourse-Aware Semantic Self-Attention} encoder that we employ for reading comprehension on long narrative texts. We extract relations between discourse units, events and their arguments as well as coreferring mentions, using available annotation tools. Our empirical evaluation shows that the investigated structures improve the overall performance, especially intra-sentential and cross-sentential discourse relations, sentence-internal semantic role relations, and long-distance coreference relations. We show that dedicating self-attention heads to intra-sentential relations and relations connecting neighboring sentences is beneficial for finding answers to questions in longer contexts. Our findings encourage the use of discourse-semantic annotations to enhance the generalization capacity of self-attention models for reading comprehension.

* Accepted as a long conference paper to EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019 

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Explainable Fact Checking with Probabilistic Answer Set Programming

Jun 21, 2019
Naser Ahmadi, Joohyung Lee, Paolo Papotti, Mohammed Saeed

One challenge in fact checking is the ability to improve the transparency of the decision. We present a fact checking method that uses reference information in knowledge graphs (KGs) to assess claims and explain its decisions. KGs contain a formal representation of knowledge with semantic descriptions of entities and their relationships. We exploit such rich semantics to produce interpretable explanations for the fact checking output. As information in a KG is inevitably incomplete, we rely on logical rule discovery and on Web text mining to gather the evidence to assess a given claim. Uncertain rules and facts are turned into logical programs and the checking task is modeled as an inference problem in a probabilistic extension of answer set programs. Experiments show that the probabilistic inference enables the efficient labeling of claims with interpretable explanations, and the quality of the results is higher than state of the art baselines.

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Mitigating Gender Bias in Natural Language Processing: Literature Review

Jun 21, 2019
Tony Sun, Andrew Gaut, Shirlyn Tang, Yuxin Huang, Mai ElSherief, Jieyu Zhao, Diba Mirza, Elizabeth Belding, Kai-Wei Chang, William Yang Wang

As Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) tools rise in popularity, it becomes increasingly vital to recognize the role they play in shaping societal biases and stereotypes. Although NLP models have shown success in modeling various applications, they propagate and may even amplify gender bias found in text corpora. While the study of bias in artificial intelligence is not new, methods to mitigate gender bias in NLP are relatively nascent. In this paper, we review contemporary studies on recognizing and mitigating gender bias in NLP. We discuss gender bias based on four forms of representation bias and analyze methods recognizing gender bias. Furthermore, we discuss the advantages and drawbacks of existing gender debiasing methods. Finally, we discuss future studies for recognizing and mitigating gender bias in NLP.

* Accepted to ACL 2019 

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