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Fusion of Detected Objects in Text for Visual Question Answering

Aug 14, 2019
Chris Alberti, Jeffrey Ling, Michael Collins, David Reitter

To advance models of multimodal context, we introduce a simple yet powerful neural architecture for data that combines vision and natural language. The "Bounding Boxes in Text Transformer" (B2T2) also leverages referential information binding words to portions of the image in a single unified architecture. B2T2 is highly effective on the Visual Commonsense Reasoning benchmark (visualcommonsense.com), achieving a new state-of-the-art with a 25% relative reduction in error rate compared to published baselines and obtaining the best performance to date on the public leaderboard (as of May 13, 2019). A detailed ablation analysis shows that the early integration of the visual features into the text analysis is key to the effectiveness of the new architecture.


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Political Posters Identification with Appearance-Text Fusion

Dec 19, 2020
Xuan Qin, Meizhu Liu, Yifan Hu, Christina Moo, Christian M. Riblet, Changwei Hu, Kevin Yen, Haibin Ling

In this paper, we propose a method that efficiently utilizes appearance features and text vectors to accurately classify political posters from other similar political images. The majority of this work focuses on political posters that are designed to serve as a promotion of a certain political event, and the automated identification of which can lead to the generation of detailed statistics and meets the judgment needs in a variety of areas. Starting with a comprehensive keyword list for politicians and political events, we curate for the first time an effective and practical political poster dataset containing 13K human-labeled political images, including 3K political posters that explicitly support a movement or a campaign. Second, we make a thorough case study for this dataset and analyze common patterns and outliers of political posters. Finally, we propose a model that combines the power of both appearance and text information to classify political posters with significantly high accuracy.


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More Romanian word embeddings from the RETEROM project

Nov 21, 2021
Vasile Păiş, Dan Tufiş

Automatically learned vector representations of words, also known as "word embeddings", are becoming a basic building block for more and more natural language processing algorithms. There are different ways and tools for constructing word embeddings. Most of the approaches rely on raw texts, the construction items being the word occurrences and/or letter n-grams. More elaborated research is using additional linguistic features extracted after text preprocessing. Morphology is clearly served by vector representations constructed from raw texts and letter n-grams. Syntax and semantics studies may profit more from the vector representations constructed with additional features such as lemma, part-of-speech, syntactic or semantic dependants associated with each word. One of the key objectives of the ReTeRom project is the development of advanced technologies for Romanian natural language processing, including morphological, syntactic and semantic analysis of text. As such, we plan to develop an open-access large library of ready-to-use word embeddings sets, each set being characterized by different parameters: used features (wordforms, letter n-grams, lemmas, POSes etc.), vector lengths, window/context size and frequency thresholds. To this end, the previously created sets of word embeddings (based on word occurrences) on the CoRoLa corpus (P\u{a}i\c{s} and Tufi\c{s}, 2018) are and will be further augmented with new representations learned from the same corpus by using specific features such as lemmas and parts of speech. Furthermore, in order to better understand and explore the vectors, graphical representations will be available by customized interfaces.

* P\u{a}i\c{s}, Vasile and Tufi\c{s}, Dan. More Romanian word embeddings from the RETEROM project. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Linguistic Resources and Tools for Processing Romanian Language - CONSILR. pp. 91-100, 2018 
* Publlished in Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Linguistic Resources and Tools for Processing Romanian Language - CONSILR 2018. Complete proceedings volume available here: https://profs.info.uaic.ro/~consilr/2019/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/volum-ConsILR-2018-1.pdf 

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Rethinking Self-Supervision Objectives for Generalizable Coherence Modeling

Oct 14, 2021
Prathyusha Jwalapuram, Shafiq Joty, Xiang Lin

Although large-scale pre-trained neural models have shown impressive performances in a variety of tasks, their ability to generate coherent text that appropriately models discourse phenomena is harder to evaluate and less understood. Given the claims of improved text generation quality across various systems, we consider the coherence evaluation of machine generated text to be one of the principal applications of coherence models that needs to be investigated. We explore training data and self-supervision objectives that result in a model that generalizes well across tasks and can be used off-the-shelf to perform such evaluations. Prior work in neural coherence modeling has primarily focused on devising new architectures, and trained the model to distinguish coherent and incoherent text through pairwise self-supervision on the permuted documents task. We instead use a basic model architecture and show significant improvements over state of the art within the same training regime. We then design a harder self-supervision objective by increasing the ratio of negative samples within a contrastive learning setup, and enhance the model further through automatic hard negative mining coupled with a large global negative queue encoded by a momentum encoder. We show empirically that increasing the density of negative samples improves the basic model, and using a global negative queue further improves and stabilizes the model while training with hard negative samples. We evaluate the coherence model on task-independent test sets that resemble real-world use cases and show significant improvements in coherence evaluations of downstream applications.


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Unsupervised Abstractive Summarization of Bengali Text Documents

Feb 19, 2021
Radia Rayan Chowdhury, Mir Tafseer Nayeem, Tahsin Tasnim Mim, Md. Saifur Rahman Chowdhury, Taufiqul Jannat

Abstractive summarization systems generally rely on large collections of document-summary pairs. However, the performance of abstractive systems remains a challenge due to the unavailability of parallel data for low-resource languages like Bengali. To overcome this problem, we propose a graph-based unsupervised abstractive summarization system in the single-document setting for Bengali text documents, which requires only a Part-Of-Speech (POS) tagger and a pre-trained language model trained on Bengali texts. We also provide a human-annotated dataset with document-summary pairs to evaluate our abstractive model and to support the comparison of future abstractive summarization systems of the Bengali Language. We conduct experiments on this dataset and compare our system with several well-established unsupervised extractive summarization systems. Our unsupervised abstractive summarization model outperforms the baselines without being exposed to any human-annotated reference summaries.

* EACL 2021 

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Understanding Convolutional Neural Networks for Text Classification

Sep 21, 2018
Alon Jacovi, Oren Sar Shalom, Yoav Goldberg

We present an analysis into the inner workings of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) for processing text. CNNs used for computer vision can be interpreted by projecting filters into image space, but for discrete sequence inputs CNNs remain a mystery. We aim to understand the method by which the networks process and classify text. We examine common hypotheses to this problem: that filters, accompanied by global max-pooling, serve as ngram detectors. We show that filters may capture several different semantic classes of ngrams by using different activation patterns, and that global max-pooling induces behavior which separates important ngrams from the rest. Finally, we show practical use cases derived from our findings in the form of model interpretability (explaining a trained model by deriving a concrete identity for each filter, bridging the gap between visualization tools in vision tasks and NLP) and prediction interpretability (explaining predictions).

* Accepted to "Analyzing and interpreting neural networks for NLP" workshop in EMNLP 2018 

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What do Models Learn From Training on More Than Text? Measuring Visual Commonsense Knowledge

May 14, 2022
Lovisa Hagström, Richard Johansson

There are limitations in learning language from text alone. Therefore, recent focus has been on developing multimodal models. However, few benchmarks exist that can measure what language models learn about language from multimodal training. We hypothesize that training on a visual modality should improve on the visual commonsense knowledge in language models. Therefore, we introduce two evaluation tasks for measuring visual commonsense knowledge in language models and use them to evaluate different multimodal models and unimodal baselines. Primarily, we find that the visual commonsense knowledge is not significantly different between the multimodal models and unimodal baseline models trained on visual text data.

* Accepted to the ACL Student Research Workshop 2022 

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GottBERT: a pure German Language Model

Dec 03, 2020
Raphael Scheible, Fabian Thomczyk, Patric Tippmann, Victor Jaravine, Martin Boeker

Lately, pre-trained language models advanced the field of natural language processing (NLP). The introduction of Bidirectional Encoders for Transformers (BERT) and its optimized version RoBERTa have had significant impact and increased the relevance of pre-trained models. First, research in this field mainly started on English data followed by models trained with multilingual text corpora. However, current research shows that multilingual models are inferior to monolingual models. Currently, no German single language RoBERTa model is yet published, which we introduce in this work (GottBERT). The German portion of the OSCAR data set was used as text corpus. In an evaluation we compare its performance on the two Named Entity Recognition (NER) tasks Conll 2003 and GermEval 2014 as well as on the text classification tasks GermEval 2018 (fine and coarse) and GNAD with existing German single language BERT models and two multilingual ones. GottBERT was pre-trained related to the original RoBERTa model using fairseq. All downstream tasks were trained using hyperparameter presets taken from the benchmark of German BERT. The experiments were setup utilizing FARM. Performance was measured by the $F_{1}$ score. GottBERT was successfully pre-trained on a 256 core TPU pod using the RoBERTa BASE architecture. Even without extensive hyper-parameter optimization, in all NER and one text classification task, GottBERT already outperformed all other tested German and multilingual models. In order to support the German NLP field, we publish GottBERT under the AGPLv3 license.


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Recommending Themes for Ad Creative Design via Visual-Linguistic Representations

Feb 27, 2020
Yichao Zhou, Shaunak Mishra, Manisha Verma, Narayan Bhamidipati, Wei Wang

There is a perennial need in the online advertising industry to refresh ad creatives, i.e., images and text used for enticing online users towards a brand. Such refreshes are required to reduce the likelihood of ad fatigue among online users, and to incorporate insights from other successful campaigns in related product categories. Given a brand, to come up with themes for a new ad is a painstaking and time consuming process for creative strategists. Strategists typically draw inspiration from the images and text used for past ad campaigns, as well as world knowledge on the brands. To automatically infer ad themes via such multimodal sources of information in past ad campaigns, we propose a theme (keyphrase) recommender system for ad creative strategists. The theme recommender is based on aggregating results from a visual question answering (VQA) task, which ingests the following: (i) ad images, (ii) text associated with the ads as well as Wikipedia pages on the brands in the ads, and (iii) questions around the ad. We leverage transformer based cross-modality encoders to train visual-linguistic representations for our VQA task. We study two formulations for the VQA task along the lines of classification and ranking; via experiments on a public dataset, we show that cross-modal representations lead to significantly better classification accuracy and ranking precision-recall metrics. Cross-modal representations show better performance compared to separate image and text representations. In addition, the use of multimodal information shows a significant lift over using only textual or visual information.

* 7 pages, 8 figures, 2 tables, accepted by The Web Conference 2020 

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