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Yelp Dataset Challenge: Review Rating Prediction

May 17, 2016
Nabiha Asghar

Review websites, such as TripAdvisor and Yelp, allow users to post online reviews for various businesses, products and services, and have been recently shown to have a significant influence on consumer shopping behaviour. An online review typically consists of free-form text and a star rating out of 5. The problem of predicting a user's star rating for a product, given the user's text review for that product, is called Review Rating Prediction and has lately become a popular, albeit hard, problem in machine learning. In this paper, we treat Review Rating Prediction as a multi-class classification problem, and build sixteen different prediction models by combining four feature extraction methods, (i) unigrams, (ii) bigrams, (iii) trigrams and (iv) Latent Semantic Indexing, with four machine learning algorithms, (i) logistic regression, (ii) Naive Bayes classification, (iii) perceptrons, and (iv) linear Support Vector Classification. We analyse the performance of each of these sixteen models to come up with the best model for predicting the ratings from reviews. We use the dataset provided by Yelp for training and testing the models.


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SweLL on the rise: Swedish Learner Language corpus for European Reference Level studies

Apr 22, 2016
Elena Volodina, Ildikó Pilán, Ingegerd Enström, Lorena Llozhi, Peter Lundkvist, Gunlög Sundberg, Monica Sandell

We present a new resource for Swedish, SweLL, a corpus of Swedish Learner essays linked to learners' performance according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). SweLL consists of three subcorpora - SpIn, SW1203 and Tisus, collected from three different educational establishments. The common metadata for all subcorpora includes age, gender, native languages, time of residence in Sweden, type of written task. Depending on the subcorpus, learner texts may contain additional information, such as text genres, topics, grades. Five of the six CEFR levels are represented in the corpus: A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1 comprising in total 339 essays. C2 level is not included since courses at C2 level are not offered. The work flow consists of collection of essays and permits, essay digitization and registration, meta-data annotation, automatic linguistic annotation. Inter-rater agreement is presented on the basis of SW1203 subcorpus. The work on SweLL is still ongoing with more than 100 essays waiting in the pipeline. This article both describes the resource and the "how-to" behind the compilation of SweLL.


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LEWIS: Latent Embeddings for Word Images and their Semantics

Sep 21, 2015
Albert Gordo, Jon Almazan, Naila Murray, Florent Perronnin

The goal of this work is to bring semantics into the tasks of text recognition and retrieval in natural images. Although text recognition and retrieval have received a lot of attention in recent years, previous works have focused on recognizing or retrieving exactly the same word used as a query, without taking the semantics into consideration. In this paper, we ask the following question: \emph{can we predict semantic concepts directly from a word image, without explicitly trying to transcribe the word image or its characters at any point?} For this goal we propose a convolutional neural network (CNN) with a weighted ranking loss objective that ensures that the concepts relevant to the query image are ranked ahead of those that are not relevant. This can also be interpreted as learning a Euclidean space where word images and concepts are jointly embedded. This model is learned in an end-to-end manner, from image pixels to semantic concepts, using a dataset of synthetically generated word images and concepts mined from a lexical database (WordNet). Our results show that, despite the complexity of the task, word images and concepts can indeed be associated with a high degree of accuracy

* Accepted for publication at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) 2015 

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Étude et traitement automatique de l'anglais du XVIIe siècle : outils morphosyntaxiques et dictionnaires

Feb 02, 2010
Odile Piton, Hélène Pignot

In this article, we record the main linguistic differences or singularities of 17th century English, analyse them morphologically and syntactically and propose equivalent forms in contemporary English. We show how 17th century texts may be transcribed into modern English, combining the use of electronic dictionaries with rules of transcription implemented as transducers. Apr\`es avoir expos\'e la constitution du corpus, nous recensons les principales diff\'erences ou particularit\'es linguistiques de la langue anglaise du XVIIe si\`ecle, les analysons du point de vue morphologique et syntaxique et proposons des \'equivalents en anglais contemporain (AC). Nous montrons comment nous pouvons effectuer une transcription automatique de textes anglais du XVIIe si\`ecle en anglais moderne, en combinant l'utilisation de dictionnaires \'electroniques avec des r\`egles de transcriptions impl\'ement\'ees sous forme de transducteurs.


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Mitigating Toxic Degeneration with Empathetic Data: Exploring the Relationship Between Toxicity and Empathy

May 15, 2022
Allison Lahnala, Charles Welch, Béla Neuendorf, Lucie Flek

Large pre-trained neural language models have supported the effectiveness of many NLP tasks, yet are still prone to generating toxic language hindering the safety of their use. Using empathetic data, we improve over recent work on controllable text generation that aims to reduce the toxicity of generated text. We find we are able to dramatically reduce the size of fine-tuning data to 7.5-30k samples while at the same time making significant improvements over state-of-the-art toxicity mitigation of up to 3.4% absolute reduction (26% relative) from the original work on 2.3m samples, by strategically sampling data based on empathy scores. We observe that the degree of improvement is subject to specific communication components of empathy. In particular, the cognitive components of empathy significantly beat the original dataset in almost all experiments, while emotional empathy was tied to less improvement and even underperforming random samples of the original data. This is a particularly implicative insight for NLP work concerning empathy as until recently the research and resources built for it have exclusively considered empathy as an emotional concept.

* Accepted to NAACL 2022 

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Learning to Borrow -- Relation Representation for Without-Mention Entity-Pairs for Knowledge Graph Completion

Apr 28, 2022
Huda Hakami, Mona Hakami, Angrosh Mandya, Danushka Bollegala

Prior work on integrating text corpora with knowledge graphs (KGs) to improve Knowledge Graph Embedding (KGE) have obtained good performance for entities that co-occur in sentences in text corpora. Such sentences (textual mentions of entity-pairs) are represented as Lexicalised Dependency Paths (LDPs) between two entities. However, it is not possible to represent relations between entities that do not co-occur in a single sentence using LDPs. In this paper, we propose and evaluate several methods to address this problem, where we borrow LDPs from the entity pairs that co-occur in sentences in the corpus (i.e. with mention entity pairs) to represent entity pairs that do not co-occur in any sentence in the corpus (i.e. without mention entity pairs). We propose a supervised borrowing method, SuperBorrow, that learns to score the suitability of an LDP to represent a without-mention entity pair using pre-trained entity embeddings and contextualised LDP representations. Experimental results show that SuperBorrow improves the link prediction performance of multiple widely-used prior KGE methods such as TransE, DistMult, ComplEx and RotatE.

* Accepted in NAACL 2022 

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Incorporating Explicit Knowledge in Pre-trained Language Models for Passage Re-ranking

Apr 25, 2022
Qian Dong, Yiding Liu, Suqi Cheng, Shuaiqiang Wang, Zhicong Cheng, Shuzi Niu, Dawei Yin

Passage re-ranking is to obtain a permutation over the candidate passage set from retrieval stage. Re-rankers have been boomed by Pre-trained Language Models (PLMs) due to their overwhelming advantages in natural language understanding. However, existing PLM based re-rankers may easily suffer from vocabulary mismatch and lack of domain specific knowledge. To alleviate these problems, explicit knowledge contained in knowledge graph is carefully introduced in our work. Specifically, we employ the existing knowledge graph which is incomplete and noisy, and first apply it in passage re-ranking task. To leverage a reliable knowledge, we propose a novel knowledge graph distillation method and obtain a knowledge meta graph as the bridge between query and passage. To align both kinds of embedding in the latent space, we employ PLM as text encoder and graph neural network over knowledge meta graph as knowledge encoder. Besides, a novel knowledge injector is designed for the dynamic interaction between text and knowledge encoder. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of our method especially in queries requiring in-depth domain knowledge.


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LILE: Look In-Depth before Looking Elsewhere -- A Dual Attention Network using Transformers for Cross-Modal Information Retrieval in Histopathology Archives

Mar 04, 2022
Danial Maleki, H. R Tizhoosh

The volume of available data has grown dramatically in recent years in many applications. Furthermore, the age of networks that used multiple modalities separately has practically ended. Therefore, enabling bidirectional cross-modality data retrieval capable of processing has become a requirement for many domains and disciplines of research. This is especially true in the medical field, as data comes in a multitude of types, including various types of images and reports as well as molecular data. Most contemporary works apply cross attention to highlight the essential elements of an image or text in relation to the other modalities and try to match them together. However, regardless of their importance in their own modality, these approaches usually consider features of each modality equally. In this study, self-attention as an additional loss term will be proposed to enrich the internal representation provided into the cross attention module. This work suggests a novel architecture with a new loss term to help represent images and texts in the joint latent space. Experiment results on two benchmark datasets, i.e. MS-COCO and ARCH, show the effectiveness of the proposed method.


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Image-to-Graph Transformers for Chemical Structure Recognition

Feb 19, 2022
Sanghyun Yoo, Ohyun Kwon, Hoshik Lee

For several decades, chemical knowledge has been published in written text, and there have been many attempts to make it accessible, for example, by transforming such natural language text to a structured format. Although the discovered chemical itself commonly represented in an image is the most important part, the correct recognition of the molecular structure from the image in literature still remains a hard problem since they are often abbreviated to reduce the complexity and drawn in many different styles. In this paper, we present a deep learning model to extract molecular structures from images. The proposed model is designed to transform the molecular image directly into the corresponding graph, which makes it capable of handling non-atomic symbols for abbreviations. Also, by end-to-end learning approach it can fully utilize many open image-molecule pair data from various sources, and hence it is more robust to image style variation than other tools. The experimental results show that the proposed model outperforms the existing models with 17.1 % and 12.8 % relative improvement for well-known benchmark datasets and large molecular images that we collected from literature, respectively.


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Natural Language in Requirements Engineering for Structure Inference -- An Integrative Review

Feb 10, 2022
Maximilian Vierlboeck, Carlo Lipizzi, Roshanak Nilchiani

The automatic extraction of structure from text can be difficult for machines. Yet, the elicitation of this information can provide many benefits and opportunities for various applications. Benefits have also been identified for the area of Requirements Engineering. To evaluate what work has been done and is currently available, the paper at hand provides an integrative review regarding Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools for Requirements Engineering. This assessment was conducted to provide a foundation for future work as well as deduce insights from the stats quo. To conduct the review, the history of Requirements Engineering and NLP are described as well as an evaluation of over 136 NLP tools. To assess these tools, a set of criteria was defined. The results are that currently no open source approach exists that allows for the direct/primary extraction of information structure and even closed source solutions show limitations such as supervision or input limitations, which eliminates the possibility for fully automatic and universal application. As a results, the authors deduce that the current approaches are not applicable and a different methodology is necessary. An approach that allows for individual management of the algorithm, knowledge base, and text corpus is a possibility being pursued.

* 16 pages, 6 figures 

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