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Aggregating Content and Network Information to Curate Twitter User Lists

Jul 02, 2012
Derek Greene, Gavin Sheridan, Barry Smyth, Pádraig Cunningham

Twitter introduced user lists in late 2009, allowing users to be grouped according to meaningful topics or themes. Lists have since been adopted by media outlets as a means of organising content around news stories. Thus the curation of these lists is important - they should contain the key information gatekeepers and present a balanced perspective on a story. Here we address this list curation process from a recommender systems perspective. We propose a variety of criteria for generating user list recommendations, based on content analysis, network analysis, and the "crowdsourcing" of existing user lists. We demonstrate that these types of criteria are often only successful for datasets with certain characteristics. To resolve this issue, we propose the aggregation of these different "views" of a news story on Twitter to produce more accurate user recommendations to support the curation process.


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Sentence-level Privacy for Document Embeddings

May 10, 2022
Casey Meehan, Khalil Mrini, Kamalika Chaudhuri

User language data can contain highly sensitive personal content. As such, it is imperative to offer users a strong and interpretable privacy guarantee when learning from their data. In this work, we propose SentDP: pure local differential privacy at the sentence level for a single user document. We propose a novel technique, DeepCandidate, that combines concepts from robust statistics and language modeling to produce high-dimensional, general-purpose $\epsilon$-SentDP document embeddings. This guarantees that any single sentence in a document can be substituted with any other sentence while keeping the embedding $\epsilon$-indistinguishable. Our experiments indicate that these private document embeddings are useful for downstream tasks like sentiment analysis and topic classification and even outperform baseline methods with weaker guarantees like word-level Metric DP.

* Presented at ACL 2022 main conference 

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Who's the Expert? On Multi-source Belief Change

Apr 29, 2022
Joseph Singleton, Richard Booth

Consider the following belief change/merging scenario. A group of information sources gives a sequence of reports about the state of the world at various instances (e.g. different points in time). The true states at these instances are unknown to us. The sources have varying levels of expertise, also unknown to us, and may be knowledgeable on some topics but not others. This may cause sources to report false statements in areas they lack expertise. What should we believe on the basis of these reports? We provide a framework in which to explore this problem, based on an extension of propositional logic with expertise formulas. This extended language allows us to express beliefs about the state of the world at each instance, as well as beliefs about the expertise of each source. We propose several postulates, provide a couple of families of concrete operators, and analyse these operators with respect to the postulates.

* Presented at KR 2022 

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Look\&Listen: Multi-Modal Correlation Learning for Active Speaker Detection and Speech Enhancement

Mar 04, 2022
Junwen Xiong, Yu Zhou, Peng Zhang, Lei Xie, Wei Huang, Yufei Zha

Active speaker detection and speech enhancement have become two increasingly attractive topics in audio-visual scenario understanding. According to their respective characteristics, the scheme of independently designed architecture has been widely used in correspondence to each single task. This may lead to the learned feature representation being task-specific, and inevitably result in the lack of generalization ability of the feature based on multi-modal modeling. More recent studies have shown that establishing cross-modal relationship between auditory and visual stream is a promising solution for the challenge of audio-visual multi-task learning. Therefore, as a motivation to bridge the multi-modal cross-attention, in this work, a unified framework ADENet is proposed to achieve target speaker detection and speech enhancement with joint learning of audio-visual modeling.

* 10 pages, 5figures 

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Multimodal Adversarially Learned Inference with Factorized Discriminators

Dec 20, 2021
Wenxue Chen, Jianke Zhu

Learning from multimodal data is an important research topic in machine learning, which has the potential to obtain better representations. In this work, we propose a novel approach to generative modeling of multimodal data based on generative adversarial networks. To learn a coherent multimodal generative model, we show that it is necessary to align different encoder distributions with the joint decoder distribution simultaneously. To this end, we construct a specific form of the discriminator to enable our model to utilize data efficiently, which can be trained constrastively. By taking advantage of contrastive learning through factorizing the discriminator, we train our model on unimodal data. We have conducted experiments on the benchmark datasets, whose promising results show that our proposed approach outperforms the-state-of-the-art methods on a variety of metrics. The source code will be made publicly available.

* 9 pages, 6 figures 

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Transferring Reinforcement Learning for DC-DC Buck Converter Control via Duty Ratio Mapping: From Simulation to Implementation

Oct 20, 2021
Chenggang Cui, Tianxiao Yang, Yuxuan Dai, Chuanlin Zhang

Reinforcement learning (RL) control approach with application into power electronics systems has become an emerging topic whilst the sim-to-real issue remains a challenging problem as very few results can be referred to in the literature. Indeed, due to the inevitable mismatch between simulation models and real-life systems, offline trained RL control strategies may sustain unexpected hurdles in practical implementation during transferring procedure. As the main contribution of this paper, a transferring methodology via a delicately designed duty ratio mapping (DRM) is proposed for a DC-DC buck converter. Then, a detailed sim-to-real process is presented to enable the implementation of a model-free deep reinforcement learning (DRL) controller. The feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed methodology are demonstrated by comparative experimental studies.


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MFAQ: a Multilingual FAQ Dataset

Oct 05, 2021
Maxime De Bruyn, Ehsan Lotfi, Jeska Buhmann, Walter Daelemans

In this paper, we present the first multilingual FAQ dataset publicly available. We collected around 6M FAQ pairs from the web, in 21 different languages. Although this is significantly larger than existing FAQ retrieval datasets, it comes with its own challenges: duplication of content and uneven distribution of topics. We adopt a similar setup as Dense Passage Retrieval (DPR) and test various bi-encoders on this dataset. Our experiments reveal that a multilingual model based on XLM-RoBERTa achieves the best results, except for English. Lower resources languages seem to learn from one another as a multilingual model achieves a higher MRR than language-specific ones. Our qualitative analysis reveals the brittleness of the model on simple word changes. We publicly release our dataset, model and training script.

* Accepted at MRQA workshop (EMNLP 2021) 

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Refinement of Hottopixx and its Postprocessing

Sep 07, 2021
Tomohiko Mizutani

Hottopixx, proposed by Bittorf et al. at NIPS 2012, is an algorithm for solving nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) problems under the separability assumption. Separable NMFs have important applications, such as topic extraction from documents and unmixing of hyperspectral images. In such applications, the robustness of the algorithm to noise is the key to the success. Hottopixx has been shown to be robust to noise, and its robustness can be further enhanced through postprocessing. However, there is a drawback. Hottopixx and its postprocessing require us to estimate the noise level involved in the matrix we want to factorize before running, since they use it as part of the input data. The noise-level estimation is not an easy task. In this paper, we overcome this drawback. We present a refinement of Hottopixx and its postprocessing that runs without prior knowledge of the noise level. We show that the refinement has almost the same robustness to noise as the original algorithm.

* 32 pages, 2 figures 

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Private Retrieval, Computing and Learning: Recent Progress and Future Challenges

Jul 30, 2021
Sennur Ulukus, Salman Avestimehr, Michael Gastpar, Syed Jafar, Ravi Tandon, Chao Tian

Most of our lives are conducted in the cyberspace. The human notion of privacy translates into a cyber notion of privacy on many functions that take place in the cyberspace. This article focuses on three such functions: how to privately retrieve information from cyberspace (privacy in information retrieval), how to privately leverage large-scale distributed/parallel processing (privacy in distributed computing), and how to learn/train machine learning models from private data spread across multiple users (privacy in distributed (federated) learning). The article motivates each privacy setting, describes the problem formulation, summarizes breakthrough results in the history of each problem, and gives recent results and discusses some of the major ideas that emerged in each field. In addition, the cross-cutting techniques and interconnections between the three topics are discussed along with a set of open problems and challenges.


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