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A Thorough Review on Recent Deep Learning Methodologies for Image Captioning

Jul 28, 2021
Ahmed Elhagry, Karima Kadaoui

Image Captioning is a task that combines computer vision and natural language processing, where it aims to generate descriptive legends for images. It is a two-fold process relying on accurate image understanding and correct language understanding both syntactically and semantically. It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest research and findings in the field of image captioning due to the growing amount of knowledge available on the topic. There is not, however, enough coverage of those findings in the available review papers. We perform in this paper a run-through of the current techniques, datasets, benchmarks and evaluation metrics used in image captioning. The current research on the field is mostly focused on deep learning-based methods, where attention mechanisms along with deep reinforcement and adversarial learning appear to be in the forefront of this research topic. In this paper, we review recent methodologies such as UpDown, OSCAR, VIVO, Meta Learning and a model that uses conditional generative adversarial nets. Although the GAN-based model achieves the highest score, UpDown represents an important basis for image captioning and OSCAR and VIVO are more useful as they use novel object captioning. This review paper serves as a roadmap for researchers to keep up to date with the latest contributions made in the field of image caption generation.


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Architecture of Text Mining Application in Analyzing Public Sentiments of West Java Governor Election using Naive Bayes Classification

Sep 20, 2018
Suryanto Nugroho, Prihandoko

The selection of West Java governor is one event that seizes the attention of the public is no exception to social media users. Public opinion on a prospective regional leader can help predict electability and tendency of voters. Data that can be used by the opinion mining process can be obtained from Twitter. Because the data is very varied form and very unstructured, it must be managed and uninformed using data pre-processing techniques into semi-structured data. This semi-structured information is followed by a classification stage to categorize the opinion into negative or positive opinions. The research methodology uses a literature study where the research will examine previous research on a similar topic. The purpose of this study is to find the right architecture to develop it into the application of twitter opinion mining to know public sentiments toward the election of the governor of west java. The result of this research is that Twitter opinion mining is part of text mining where opinions in Twitter if they want to be classified, must go through the preprocessing text stage first. The preprocessing step required from twitter data is cleansing, case folding, POS Tagging and stemming. The resulting text mining architecture is an architecture that can be used for text mining research with different topics.

* 5 Pages 

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Survey on Emotional Body Gesture Recognition

Jan 23, 2018
Fatemeh Noroozi, Ciprian Adrian Corneanu, Dorota Kamińska, Tomasz Sapiński, Sergio Escalera, Gholamreza Anbarjafari

Automatic emotion recognition has become a trending research topic in the past decade. While works based on facial expressions or speech abound, recognizing affect from body gestures remains a less explored topic. We present a new comprehensive survey hoping to boost research in the field. We first introduce emotional body gestures as a component of what is commonly known as "body language" and comment general aspects as gender differences and culture dependence. We then define a complete framework for automatic emotional body gesture recognition. We introduce person detection and comment static and dynamic body pose estimation methods both in RGB and 3D. We then comment the recent literature related to representation learning and emotion recognition from images of emotionally expressive gestures. We also discuss multi-modal approaches that combine speech or face with body gestures for improved emotion recognition. While pre-processing methodologies (e.g. human detection and pose estimation) are nowadays mature technologies fully developed for robust large scale analysis, we show that for emotion recognition the quantity of labelled data is scarce, there is no agreement on clearly defined output spaces and the representations are shallow and largely based on naive geometrical representations.


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A Bi-Level Framework for Learning to Solve Combinatorial Optimization on Graphs

Jun 09, 2021
Runzhong Wang, Zhigang Hua, Gan Liu, Jiayi Zhang, Junchi Yan, Feng Qi, Shuang Yang, Jun Zhou, Xiaokang Yang

Combinatorial Optimization (CO) has been a long-standing challenging research topic featured by its NP-hard nature. Traditionally such problems are approximately solved with heuristic algorithms which are usually fast but may sacrifice the solution quality. Currently, machine learning for combinatorial optimization (MLCO) has become a trending research topic, but most existing MLCO methods treat CO as a single-level optimization by directly learning the end-to-end solutions, which are hard to scale up and mostly limited by the capacity of ML models given the high complexity of CO. In this paper, we propose a hybrid approach to combine the best of the two worlds, in which a bi-level framework is developed with an upper-level learning method to optimize the graph (e.g. add, delete or modify edges in a graph), fused with a lower-level heuristic algorithm solving on the optimized graph. Such a bi-level approach simplifies the learning on the original hard CO and can effectively mitigate the demand for model capacity. The experiments and results on several popular CO problems like Directed Acyclic Graph scheduling, Graph Edit Distance and Hamiltonian Cycle Problem show its effectiveness over manually designed heuristics and single-level learning methods.


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PubSqueezer: A Text-Mining Web Tool to Transform Unstructured Documents into Structured Data

Nov 09, 2020
Alberto Calderone

The amount of scientific papers published every day is daunting and constantly increasing. Keeping up with literature represents a challenge. If one wants to start exploring new topics it is hard to have a big picture without reading lots of articles. Furthermore, as one reads through literature, making mental connections is crucial to ask new questions which might lead to discoveries. In this work, I present a web tool which uses a Text Mining strategy to transform large collections of unstructured biomedical articles into structured data. Generated results give a quick overview on complex topics which can possibly suggest not explicitly reported information. In particular, I show two Data Science analyses. First, I present a literature based rare diseases network build using this tool in the hope that it will help clarify some aspects of these less popular pathologies. Secondly, I show how a literature based analysis conducted with PubSqueezer results allows to describe known facts about SARS-CoV-2. In one sentence, data generated with PubSqueezer make it easy to use scientific literate in any computational analysis such as machine learning, natural language processing etc. Availability: http://www.pubsqueezer.com


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Towards Exploiting Background Knowledge for Building Conversation Systems

Sep 21, 2018
Nikita Moghe, Siddhartha Arora, Suman Banerjee, Mitesh M. Khapra

Existing dialog datasets contain a sequence of utterances and responses without any explicit background knowledge associated with them. This has resulted in the development of models which treat conversation as a sequence-to-sequence generation task i.e, given a sequence of utterances generate the response sequence). This is not only an overly simplistic view of conversation but it is also emphatically different from the way humans converse by heavily relying on their background knowledge about the topic (as opposed to simply relying on the previous sequence of utterances). For example, it is common for humans to (involuntarily) produce utterances which are copied or suitably modified from background articles they have read about the topic. To facilitate the development of such natural conversation models which mimic the human process of conversing, we create a new dataset containing movie chats wherein each response is explicitly generated by copying and/or modifying sentences from unstructured background knowledge such as plots, comments and reviews about the movie. We establish baseline results on this dataset (90K utterances from 9K conversations) using three different models: (i) pure generation based models which ignore the background knowledge (ii) generation based models which learn to copy information from the background knowledge when required and (iii) span prediction based models which predict the appropriate response span in the background knowledge.

* Camera Ready EMNLP 2018 

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A high-bias, low-variance introduction to Machine Learning for physicists

Mar 23, 2018
Pankaj Mehta, Marin Bukov, Ching-Hao Wang, Alexandre G. R. Day, Clint Richardson, Charles K. Fisher, David J. Schwab

Machine Learning (ML) is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of modern research and application. The purpose of this review is to provide an introduction to the core concepts and tools of machine learning in a manner easily understood and intuitive to physicists. The review begins by covering fundamental concepts in ML and modern statistics such as the bias-variance tradeoff, overfitting, regularization, and generalization before moving on to more advanced topics in both supervised and unsupervised learning. Topics covered in the review include ensemble models, deep learning and neural networks, clustering and data visualization, energy-based models (including MaxEnt models and Restricted Boltzmann Machines), and variational methods. Throughout, we emphasize the many natural connections between ML and statistical physics. A notable aspect of the review is the use of Python notebooks to introduce modern ML/statistical packages to readers using physics-inspired datasets (the Ising Model and Monte-Carlo simulations of supersymmetric decays of proton-proton collisions). We conclude with an extended outlook discussing possible uses of machine learning for furthering our understanding of the physical world as well as open problems in ML where physicists maybe able to contribute. (Notebooks are available at https://physics.bu.edu/~pankajm/MLnotebooks.html )

* 119 pages, 78 figures, 20 Python notebooks. Comments are welcome! 

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Learning Document-Level Semantic Properties from Free-Text Annotations

Jan 15, 2014
S. R. K. Branavan, Harr Chen, Jacob Eisenstein, Regina Barzilay

This paper presents a new method for inferring the semantic properties of documents by leveraging free-text keyphrase annotations. Such annotations are becoming increasingly abundant due to the recent dramatic growth in semi-structured, user-generated online content. One especially relevant domain is product reviews, which are often annotated by their authors with pros/cons keyphrases such as a real bargain or good value. These annotations are representative of the underlying semantic properties; however, unlike expert annotations, they are noisy: lay authors may use different labels to denote the same property, and some labels may be missing. To learn using such noisy annotations, we find a hidden paraphrase structure which clusters the keyphrases. The paraphrase structure is linked with a latent topic model of the review texts, enabling the system to predict the properties of unannotated documents and to effectively aggregate the semantic properties of multiple reviews. Our approach is implemented as a hierarchical Bayesian model with joint inference. We find that joint inference increases the robustness of the keyphrase clustering and encourages the latent topics to correlate with semantically meaningful properties. Multiple evaluations demonstrate that our model substantially outperforms alternative approaches for summarizing single and multiple documents into a set of semantically salient keyphrases.

* Journal Of Artificial Intelligence Research, Volume 34, pages 569-603, 2009 

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Optical Flow for Video Super-Resolution: A Survey

Mar 20, 2022
Zhigang Tu, Hongyan Li, Wei Xie, Yuanzhong Liu, Shifu Zhang, Baoxin Li, Junsong Yuan

Video super-resolution is currently one of the most active research topics in computer vision as it plays an important role in many visual applications. Generally, video super-resolution contains a significant component, i.e., motion compensation, which is used to estimate the displacement between successive video frames for temporal alignment. Optical flow, which can supply dense and sub-pixel motion between consecutive frames, is among the most common ways for this task. To obtain a good understanding of the effect that optical flow acts in video super-resolution, in this work, we conduct a comprehensive review on this subject for the first time. This investigation covers the following major topics: the function of super-resolution (i.e., why we require super-resolution); the concept of video super-resolution (i.e., what is video super-resolution); the description of evaluation metrics (i.e., how (video) superresolution performs); the introduction of optical flow based video super-resolution; the investigation of using optical flow to capture temporal dependency for video super-resolution. Prominently, we give an in-depth study of the deep learning based video super-resolution method, where some representative algorithms are analyzed and compared. Additionally, we highlight some promising research directions and open issues that should be further addressed.


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SOMPS-Net : Attention based social graph framework for early detection of fake health news

Nov 22, 2021
Prasannakumaran D, Harish Srinivasan, Sowmiya Sree S, Sri Gayathri Devi I, Saikrishnan S, Vineeth Vijayaraghavan

Fake news is fabricated information that is presented as genuine, with intention to deceive the reader. Recently, the magnitude of people relying on social media for news consumption has increased significantly. Owing to this rapid increase, the adverse effects of misinformation affect a wider audience. On account of the increased vulnerability of people to such deceptive fake news, a reliable technique to detect misinformation at its early stages is imperative. Hence, the authors propose a novel graph-based framework SOcial graph with Multi-head attention and Publisher information and news Statistics Network (SOMPS-Net) comprising of two components - Social Interaction Graph (SIG) and Publisher and News Statistics (PNS). The posited model is experimented on the HealthStory dataset and generalizes across diverse medical topics including Cancer, Alzheimer's, Obstetrics, and Nutrition. SOMPS-Net significantly outperformed other state-of-the-art graph-based models experimented on HealthStory by 17.1%. Further, experiments on early detection demonstrated that SOMPS-Net predicted fake news articles with 79% certainty within just 8 hours of its broadcast. Thus the contributions of this work lay down the foundation for capturing fake health news across multiple medical topics at its early stages.


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