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Identification, Tracking and Impact: Understanding the trade secret of catchphrases

Jul 20, 2020
Jagriti Jalal, Mayank Singh, Arindam Pal, Lipika Dey, Animesh Mukherjee

Understanding the topical evolution in industrial innovation is a challenging problem. With the advancement in the digital repositories in the form of patent documents, it is becoming increasingly more feasible to understand the innovation secrets -- "catchphrases" of organizations. However, searching and understanding this enormous textual information is a natural bottleneck. In this paper, we propose an unsupervised method for the extraction of catchphrases from the abstracts of patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over the years. Our proposed system achieves substantial improvement, both in terms of precision and recall, against state-of-the-art techniques. As a second objective, we conduct an extensive empirical study to understand the temporal evolution of the catchphrases across various organizations. We also show how the overall innovation evolution in the form of introduction of newer catchphrases in an organization's patents correlates with the future citations received by the patents filed by that organization. Our code and data sets will be placed in the public domain soon.

* To be published in the proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2020) 

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Modelling Human Active Search in Optimizing Black-box Functions

Mar 09, 2020
Antonio Candelieri, Riccardo Perego, Ilaria Giordani, Andrea Ponti, Francesco Archetti

Modelling human function learning has been the subject of in-tense research in cognitive sciences. The topic is relevant in black-box optimization where information about the objective and/or constraints is not available and must be learned through function evaluations. In this paper we focus on the relation between the behaviour of humans searching for the maximum and the probabilistic model used in Bayesian Optimization. As surrogate models of the unknown function both Gaussian Processes and Random Forest have been considered: the Bayesian learning paradigm is central in the development of active learning approaches balancing exploration/exploitation in uncertain conditions towards effective generalization in large decision spaces. In this paper we analyse experimentally how Bayesian Optimization compares to humans searching for the maximum of an unknown 2D function. A set of controlled experiments with 60 subjects, using both surrogate models, confirm that Bayesian Optimization provides a general model to represent individual patterns of active learning in humans


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The Dialogue Dodecathlon: Open-Domain Knowledge and Image Grounded Conversational Agents

Nov 09, 2019
Kurt Shuster, Da Ju, Stephen Roller, Emily Dinan, Y-Lan Boureau, Jason Weston

We introduce dodecaDialogue: a set of 12 tasks that measures if a conversational agent can communicate engagingly with personality and empathy, ask questions, answer questions by utilizing knowledge resources, discuss topics and situations, and perceive and converse about images. By multi-tasking on such a broad large-scale set of data, we hope to both move towards and measure progress in producing a single unified agent that can perceive, reason and converse with humans in an open-domain setting. We show that such multi-tasking improves over a BERT pre-trained baseline, largely due to multi-tasking with very large dialogue datasets in a similar domain, and that the multi-tasking in general provides gains to both text and image-based tasks using several metrics in both the fine-tune and task transfer settings. We obtain state-of-the-art results on many of the tasks, providing a strong baseline for this challenge.


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Hierarchical Transformers for Long Document Classification

Oct 23, 2019
Raghavendra Pappagari, Piotr Żelasko, Jesús Villalba, Yishay Carmiel, Najim Dehak

BERT, which stands for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers, is a recently introduced language representation model based upon the transfer learning paradigm. We extend its fine-tuning procedure to address one of its major limitations - applicability to inputs longer than a few hundred words, such as transcripts of human call conversations. Our method is conceptually simple. We segment the input into smaller chunks and feed each of them into the base model. Then, we propagate each output through a single recurrent layer, or another transformer, followed by a softmax activation. We obtain the final classification decision after the last segment has been consumed. We show that both BERT extensions are quick to fine-tune and converge after as little as 1 epoch of training on a small, domain-specific data set. We successfully apply them in three different tasks involving customer call satisfaction prediction and topic classification, and obtain a significant improvement over the baseline models in two of them.

* Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop, 2019 
* 4 figures, 7 pages 

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Group, Extract and Aggregate: Summarizing a Large Amount of Finance News for Forex Movement Prediction

Oct 11, 2019
Deli Chen, Shuming ma, Keiko Harimoto, Ruihan Bao, Qi Su, Xu Sun

Incorporating related text information has proven successful in stock market prediction. However, it is a huge challenge to utilize texts in the enormous forex (foreign currency exchange) market because the associated texts are too redundant. In this work, we propose a BERT-based Hierarchical Aggregation Model to summarize a large amount of finance news to predict forex movement. We firstly group news from different aspects: time, topic and category. Then we extract the most crucial news in each group by the SOTA extractive summarization method. Finally, we conduct interaction between the news and the trade data with attention to predict the forex movement. The experimental results show that the category based method performs best among three grouping methods and outperforms all the baselines. Besides, we study the influence of essential news attributes (category and region) by statistical analysis and summarize the influence patterns for different currency pairs.

* Accepted by 2th ECONLP workshop in EMNLP2019 

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A Novel Apex-Time Network for Cross-Dataset Micro-Expression Recognition

Apr 23, 2019
Min Peng, Chongyang Wang, Tao Bi, Tong Chen, XiangDong Zhou, Yu shi

The automatic recognition of micro-expression has been boosted ever since the successful introduction of deep learning approaches. Whilst researchers working on such topics are more and more tending to learn from the nature of micro-expression, the practice of using deep learning techniques has evolved from processing the entire video clip of micro-expression to the recognition on apex frame. Using apex frame is able to get rid of redundant information but the temporal evidence of micro-expression would be thereby left out. In this paper, we propose to do the recognition based on the spatial information from apex frame as well as on the temporal information from respective-adjacent frames. As such, a novel Apex-Time Network (ATNet) is proposed. Through extensive experiments on three benchmarks, we demonstrate the improvement achieved by adding the temporal information learned from adjacent frames around the apex frame. Specially, the model with such temporal information is more robust in cross-dataset validations.

* 6 pages, 3 figures, 3 tables, code available, submitted to ACII 2019 

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Unsupervised Domain Adaptation of Contextualized Embeddings: A Case Study in Early Modern English

Apr 04, 2019
Xiaochuang Han, Jacob Eisenstein

Contextualized word embeddings such as ELMo and BERT provide a foundation for strong performance across a range of natural language processing tasks, in part by pretraining on a large and topically-diverse corpus. However, the applicability of this approach is unknown when the target domain varies substantially from the text used during pretraining. Specifically, we are interested the scenario in which labeled data is available in only a canonical source domain such as newstext, and the target domain is distinct from both the labeled corpus and the pretraining data. To address this scenario, we propose domain-adaptive fine-tuning, in which the contextualized embeddings are adapted by masked language modeling on the target domain. We test this approach on the challenging domain of Early Modern English, which differs substantially from existing pretraining corpora. Domain-adaptive fine-tuning yields an improvement of 4\% in part-of-speech tagging accuracy over a BERT baseline, substantially improving on prior work on this task.


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Adversarial Joint Image and Pose Distribution Learning for Camera Pose Regression and Refinement

Mar 26, 2019
Mai Bui, Christoph Baur, Nassir Navab, Slobodan Ilic, Shadi Albarqouni

Despite recent advances on the topic of direct camera pose regression using neural networks, accurately estimating the camera pose of a single RGB image still remains a challenging task. To address this problem, we introduce a novel framework based, in its core, on the idea of modeling the joint distribution of RGB images and their corresponding camera poses using adversarial learning. Our method allows not only to regress the camera pose from a single image, however, also offers a solely RGB-based solution for camera pose refinement using the discriminator network. Further, we show that our method can effectively be used to optimize the predicted camera poses and thus improve the localization accuracy. To this end, we validate our proposed method on the publicly available 7-Scenes dataset improving upon the results of current state-of-the-art direct camera pose regression methods.


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State Aggregation Learning from Markov Transition Data

Nov 06, 2018
Yaqi Duan, Zheng Tracy Ke, Mengdi Wang

State aggregation is a model reduction method rooted in control theory and reinforcement learning. It reduces the complexity of engineering systems by mapping the system's states into a small number of meta-states. In this paper, we study the unsupervised estimation of unknown state aggregation structures based on Markov trajectories. We formulate the state aggregation of Markov processes into a nonnegative factorization model, where left and right factor matrices correspond to aggregation and disaggregation distributions respectively. By leveraging techniques developed in the context of topic modeling, we propose an efficient polynomial-time algorithm for computing the estimated state aggregation model. Under some "anchor state" assumption, we show that one can reliably recover the state aggregation structure from sample transitions with high probability. Sharp divergence error bounds are proved for the estimated aggregation and disaggregation distributions, and experiments with Manhattan traffic data are provided.


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