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Efficient and Effective Single-Document Summarizations and A Word-Embedding Measurement of Quality

Oct 01, 2017
Liqun Shao, Hao Zhang, Ming Jia, Jie Wang

Our task is to generate an effective summary for a given document with specific realtime requirements. We use the softplus function to enhance keyword rankings to favor important sentences, based on which we present a number of summarization algorithms using various keyword extraction and topic clustering methods. We show that our algorithms meet the realtime requirements and yield the best ROUGE recall scores on DUC-02 over all previously-known algorithms. We show that our algorithms meet the realtime requirements and yield the best ROUGE recall scores on DUC-02 over all previously-known algorithms. To evaluate the quality of summaries without human-generated benchmarks, we define a measure called WESM based on word-embedding using Word Mover's Distance. We show that the orderings of the ROUGE and WESM scores of our algorithms are highly comparable, suggesting that WESM may serve as a viable alternative for measuring the quality of a summary.

* 10 pages, conference; accepted by KDIR 2017 

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Visual Question Generation as Dual Task of Visual Question Answering

Sep 21, 2017
Yikang Li, Nan Duan, Bolei Zhou, Xiao Chu, Wanli Ouyang, Xiaogang Wang

Recently visual question answering (VQA) and visual question generation (VQG) are two trending topics in the computer vision, which have been explored separately. In this work, we propose an end-to-end unified framework, the Invertible Question Answering Network (iQAN), to leverage the complementary relations between questions and answers in images by jointly training the model on VQA and VQG tasks. Corresponding parameter sharing scheme and regular terms are proposed as constraints to explicitly leverage Q,A's dependencies to guide the training process. After training, iQAN can take either question or answer as input, then output the counterpart. Evaluated on the large-scale visual question answering datasets CLEVR and VQA2, our iQAN improves the VQA accuracy over the baselines. We also show the dual learning framework of iQAN can be generalized to other VQA architectures and consistently improve the results over both the VQA and VQG tasks.

* 9 pages 

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Structured Black Box Variational Inference for Latent Time Series Models

Jul 04, 2017
Robert Bamler, Stephan Mandt

Continuous latent time series models are prevalent in Bayesian modeling; examples include the Kalman filter, dynamic collaborative filtering, or dynamic topic models. These models often benefit from structured, non mean field variational approximations that capture correlations between time steps. Black box variational inference with reparameterization gradients (BBVI) allows us to explore a rich new class of Bayesian non-conjugate latent time series models; however, a naive application of BBVI to such structured variational models would scale quadratically in the number of time steps. We describe a BBVI algorithm analogous to the forward-backward algorithm which instead scales linearly in time. It allows us to efficiently sample from the variational distribution and estimate the gradients of the ELBO. Finally, we show results on the recently proposed dynamic word embedding model, which was trained using our method.

* 5 pages, 1 figure; presented at the ICML 2017 Time Series Workshop 

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Match-Tensor: a Deep Relevance Model for Search

Jan 26, 2017
Aaron Jaech, Hetunandan Kamisetty, Eric Ringger, Charlie Clarke

The application of Deep Neural Networks for ranking in search engines may obviate the need for the extensive feature engineering common to current learning-to-rank methods. However, we show that combining simple relevance matching features like BM25 with existing Deep Neural Net models often substantially improves the accuracy of these models, indicating that they do not capture essential local relevance matching signals. We describe a novel deep Recurrent Neural Net-based model that we call Match-Tensor. The architecture of the Match-Tensor model simultaneously accounts for both local relevance matching and global topicality signals allowing for a rich interplay between them when computing the relevance of a document to a query. On a large held-out test set consisting of social media documents, we demonstrate not only that Match-Tensor outperforms BM25 and other classes of DNNs but also that it largely subsumes signals present in these models.


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Natural brain-information interfaces: Recommending information by relevance inferred from human brain signals

Jul 12, 2016
Manuel J. A. Eugster, Tuukka Ruotsalo, Michiel M. Spapé, Oswald Barral, Niklas Ravaja, Giulio Jacucci, Samuel Kaski

Finding relevant information from large document collections such as the World Wide Web is a common task in our daily lives. Estimation of a user's interest or search intention is necessary to recommend and retrieve relevant information from these collections. We introduce a brain-information interface used for recommending information by relevance inferred directly from brain signals. In experiments, participants were asked to read Wikipedia documents about a selection of topics while their EEG was recorded. Based on the prediction of word relevance, the individual's search intent was modeled and successfully used for retrieving new, relevant documents from the whole English Wikipedia corpus. The results show that the users' interests towards digital content can be modeled from the brain signals evoked by reading. The introduced brain-relevance paradigm enables the recommendation of information without any explicit user interaction, and may be applied across diverse information-intensive applications.

* Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 38580 (2016) 

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Political Speech Generation

Jan 20, 2016
Valentin Kassarnig

In this report we present a system that can generate political speeches for a desired political party. Furthermore, the system allows to specify whether a speech should hold a supportive or opposing opinion. The system relies on a combination of several state-of-the-art NLP methods which are discussed in this report. These include n-grams, Justeson & Katz POS tag filter, recurrent neural networks, and latent Dirichlet allocation. Sequences of words are generated based on probabilities obtained from two underlying models: A language model takes care of the grammatical correctness while a topic model aims for textual consistency. Both models were trained on the Convote dataset which contains transcripts from US congressional floor debates. Furthermore, we present a manual and an automated approach to evaluate the quality of generated speeches. In an experimental evaluation generated speeches have shown very high quality in terms of grammatical correctness and sentence transitions.

* 15 pages, class project 

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Color Constancy based on Image Similarity via Bilayer Sparse Coding

Nov 08, 2012
Bing Li, Weihua Xiong, Weiming Hu

Computational color constancy is a very important topic in computer vision and has attracted many researchers' attention. Recently, lots of research has shown the effects of high level visual content information for illumination estimation. However, all of these existing methods are essentially combinational strategies in which image's content analysis is only used to guide the combination or selection from a variety of individual illumination estimation methods. In this paper, we propose a novel bilayer sparse coding model for illumination estimation that considers image similarity in terms of both low level color distribution and high level image scene content simultaneously. For the purpose, the image's scene content information is integrated with its color distribution to obtain optimal illumination estimation model. The experimental results on two real-world image sets show that our algorithm is superior to other prevailing illumination estimation methods, even better than combinational methods.

* 14pages, 2figures 

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An empirical comparative study of approximate methods for binary graphical models; application to the search of associations among causes of death in French death certificates

Apr 13, 2010
Vivian Viallon, Onureena Banerjee, Gregoire Rey, Eric Jougla, Joel Coste

Looking for associations among multiple variables is a topical issue in statistics due to the increasing amount of data encountered in biology, medicine and many other domains involving statistical applications. Graphical models have recently gained popularity for this purpose in the statistical literature. Following the ideas of the LASSO procedure designed for the linear regression framework, recent developments dealing with graphical model selection have been based on $\ell_1$-penalization. In the binary case, however, exact inference is generally very slow or even intractable because of the form of the so-called log-partition function. Various approximate methods have recently been proposed in the literature and the main objective of this paper is to compare them. Through an extensive simulation study, we show that a simple modification of a method relying on a Gaussian approximation achieves good performance and is very fast. We present a real application in which we search for associations among causes of death recorded on French death certificates.

* 29 pages, 4 figures. 

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Making sense of violence risk predictions using clinical notes

Apr 29, 2022
Pablo Mosteiro, Emil Rijcken, Kalliopi Zervanou, Uzay Kaymak, Floortje Scheepers, Marco Spruit

Violence risk assessment in psychiatric institutions enables interventions to avoid violence incidents. Clinical notes written by practitioners and available in electronic health records (EHR) are valuable resources that are seldom used to their full potential. Previous studies have attempted to assess violence risk in psychiatric patients using such notes, with acceptable performance. However, they do not explain why classification works and how it can be improved. We explore two methods to better understand the quality of a classifier in the context of clinical note analysis: random forests using topic models, and choice of evaluation metric. These methods allow us to understand both our data and our methodology more profoundly, setting up the groundwork to work on improved models that build upon this understanding. This is particularly important when it comes to the generalizability of evaluated classifiers to new data, a trustworthiness problem that is of great interest due to the increased availability of new data in electronic format.

* In: Huang, Z., Siuly, S., Wang, H., Zhou, R., Zhang, Y. (eds) Health Information Science. HIS 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 12435. Springer, Cham 
* arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:2204.13535 

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Fixed Point Iterations for SURE-based PSF Estimation for Image Deconvolution

Feb 26, 2022
Toby Sanders

Stein's unbiased risk estimator (SURE) has been shown to be an effective metric for determining optimal parameters for many applications. The topic of this article is focused on the use of SURE for determining parameters for blind deconvolution. The parameters include those that define the shape of the point spread function (PSF), as well as regularization parameters in the deconvolution formulas. Within this context, the optimal parameters are typically determined via a brute for search over the feasible parameter space. When multiple parameters are involved, this parameter search is prohibitively costly due to the curse of dimensionality. In this work, novel fixed point iterations are proposed for optimizing these parameters, which allows for rapid estimation of a relatively large number of parameters. We demonstrate that with some mild tuning of the optimization parameters, these fixed point methods typically converge to the ideal PSF parameters in relatively few iterations, e.g. 50-100, with each iteration requiring very low computational cost.


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