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Cross-Domain Label-Adaptive Stance Detection

Apr 15, 2021
Momchil Hardalov, Arnav Arora, Preslav Nakov, Isabelle Augenstein

Stance detection concerns the classification of a writer's viewpoint towards a target. There are different task variants, e.g., stance of a tweet vs. a full article, or stance with respect to a claim vs. an (implicit) topic. Moreover, task definitions vary, which includes the label inventory, the data collection, and the annotation protocol. All these aspects hinder cross-domain studies, as they require changes to standard domain adaptation approaches. In this paper, we perform an in-depth analysis of 16 stance detection datasets, and we explore the possibility for cross-domain learning from them. Moreover, we propose an end-to-end unsupervised framework for out-of-domain prediction of unseen, user-defined labels. In particular, we combine domain adaptation techniques such as mixture of experts and domain-adversarial training with label embeddings, and we demonstrate sizable performance gains over strong baselines -- both (i) in-domain, i.e., for seen targets, and (ii) out-of-domain, i.e., for unseen targets. Finally, we perform an exhaustive analysis of the cross-domain results, and we highlight the important factors influencing the model performance.


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QMSum: A New Benchmark for Query-based Multi-domain Meeting Summarization

Apr 13, 2021
Ming Zhong, Da Yin, Tao Yu, Ahmad Zaidi, Mutethia Mutuma, Rahul Jha, Ahmed Hassan Awadallah, Asli Celikyilmaz, Yang Liu, Xipeng Qiu, Dragomir Radev

Meetings are a key component of human collaboration. As increasing numbers of meetings are recorded and transcribed, meeting summaries have become essential to remind those who may or may not have attended the meetings about the key decisions made and the tasks to be completed. However, it is hard to create a single short summary that covers all the content of a long meeting involving multiple people and topics. In order to satisfy the needs of different types of users, we define a new query-based multi-domain meeting summarization task, where models have to select and summarize relevant spans of meetings in response to a query, and we introduce QMSum, a new benchmark for this task. QMSum consists of 1,808 query-summary pairs over 232 meetings in multiple domains. Besides, we investigate a locate-then-summarize method and evaluate a set of strong summarization baselines on the task. Experimental results and manual analysis reveal that QMSum presents significant challenges in long meeting summarization for future research. Dataset is available at \url{https://github.com/Yale-LILY/QMSum}.

* Accepted by NAACL 2021 

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Unsupervised Person Re-identification via Simultaneous Clustering and Consistency Learning

Apr 01, 2021
Junhui Yin, Jiayan Qiu, Siqing Zhang, Jiyang Xie, Zhanyu Ma, Jun Guo

Unsupervised person re-identification (re-ID) has become an important topic due to its potential to resolve the scalability problem of supervised re-ID models. However, existing methods simply utilize pseudo labels from clustering for supervision and thus have not yet fully explored the semantic information in data itself, which limits representation capabilities of learned models. To address this problem, we design a pretext task for unsupervised re-ID by learning visual consistency from still images and temporal consistency during training process, such that the clustering network can separate the images into semantic clusters automatically. Specifically, the pretext task learns semantically meaningful representations by maximizing the agreement between two encoded views of the same image via a consistency loss in latent space. Meanwhile, we optimize the model by grouping the two encoded views into same cluster, thus enhancing the visual consistency between views. Experiments on Market-1501, DukeMTMC-reID and MSMT17 datasets demonstrate that our proposed approach outperforms the state-of-the-art methods by large margins.


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On the Theory of Implicit Deep Learning: Global Convergence with Implicit Layers

Feb 18, 2021
Kenji Kawaguchi

A deep equilibrium model uses implicit layers, which are implicitly defined through an equilibrium point of an infinite sequence of computation. It avoids any explicit computation of the infinite sequence by finding an equilibrium point directly via root-finding and by computing gradients via implicit differentiation. In this paper, we analyze the gradient dynamics of deep equilibrium models with nonlinearity only on weight matrices and non-convex objective functions of weights for regression and classification. Despite non-convexity, convergence to global optimum at a linear rate is guaranteed without any assumption on the width of the models, allowing the width to be smaller than the output dimension and the number of data points. Moreover, we prove a relation between the gradient dynamics of the deep implicit layer and the dynamics of trust region Newton method of a shallow explicit layer. This mathematically proven relation along with our numerical observation suggests the importance of understanding implicit bias of implicit layers and an open problem on the topic. Our proofs deal with implicit layers, weight tying and nonlinearity on weights, and differ from those in the related literature.

* ICLR 2021. Selected for ICLR Spotlight (top 6% submissions) 

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Scene Text Detection with Scribble Lines

Dec 10, 2020
Wenqing Zhang, Yang Qiu, Minghui Liao, Rui Zhang, Xiaolin Wei, Xiang Bai

Scene text detection, which is one of the most popular topics in both academia and industry, can achieve remarkable performance with sufficient training data. However, the annotation costs of scene text detection are huge with traditional labeling methods due to the various shapes of texts. Thus, it is practical and insightful to study simpler labeling methods without harming the detection performance. In this paper, we propose to annotate the texts by scribble lines instead of polygons for text detection. It is a general labeling method for texts with various shapes and requires low labeling costs. Furthermore, a weakly-supervised scene text detection framework is proposed to use the scribble lines for text detection. The experiments on several benchmarks show that the proposed method bridges the performance gap between the weakly labeling method and the original polygon-based labeling methods, with even better performance. We will release the weak annotations of the benchmarks in our experiments and hope it will benefit the field of scene text detection to achieve better performance with simpler annotations.


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End-to-End 3D Point Cloud Learning for Registration Task Using Virtual Correspondences

Nov 30, 2020
Zhijian~Qiao, Zhe~Liu, Chuanzhe~Suo, Huanshu~Wei, Zhuowen~Shen, Hesheng~Wang

3D Point cloud registration is still a very challenging topic due to the difficulty in finding the rigid transformation between two point clouds with partial correspondences, and it's even harder in the absence of any initial estimation information. In this paper, we present an end-to-end deep-learning based approach to resolve the point cloud registration problem. Firstly, the revised LPD-Net is introduced to extract features and aggregate them with the graph network. Secondly, the self-attention mechanism is utilized to enhance the structure information in the point cloud and the cross-attention mechanism is designed to enhance the corresponding information between the two input point clouds. Based on which, the virtual corresponding points can be generated by a soft pointer based method, and finally, the point cloud registration problem can be solved by implementing the SVD method. Comparison results in ModelNet40 dataset validate that the proposed approach reaches the state-of-the-art in point cloud registration tasks and experiment resutls in KITTI dataset validate the effectiveness of the proposed approach in real applications.

* Accepted to IROS 2020 

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A Policy Gradient Algorithm for Learning to Learn in Multiagent Reinforcement Learning

Oct 31, 2020
Dong-Ki Kim, Miao Liu, Matthew Riemer, Chuangchuang Sun, Marwa Abdulhai, Golnaz Habibi, Sebastian Lopez-Cot, Gerald Tesauro, Jonathan P. How

A fundamental challenge in multiagent reinforcement learning is to learn beneficial behaviors in a shared environment with other agents that are also simultaneously learning. In particular, each agent perceives the environment as effectively non-stationary due to the changing policies of other agents. Moreover, each agent is itself constantly learning, leading to natural nonstationarity in the distribution of experiences encountered. In this paper, we propose a novel meta-multiagent policy gradient theorem that directly accommodates for the non-stationary policy dynamics inherent to these multiagent settings. This is achieved by modeling our gradient updates to directly consider both an agent's own non-stationary policy dynamics and the non-stationary policy dynamics of other agents interacting with it in the environment. We find that our theoretically grounded approach provides a general solution to the multiagent learning problem, which inherently combines key aspects of previous state of the art approaches on this topic. We test our method on several multiagent benchmarks and demonstrate a more efficient ability to adapt to new agents as they learn than previous related approaches across the spectrum of mixed incentive, competitive, and cooperative environments.

* Under review as a conference paper 

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Personality Trait Detection Using Bagged SVM over BERT Word Embedding Ensembles

Oct 03, 2020
Amirmohammad Kazameini, Samin Fatehi, Yash Mehta, Sauleh Eetemadi, Erik Cambria

Recently, the automatic prediction of personality traits has received increasing attention and has emerged as a hot topic within the field of affective computing. In this work, we present a novel deep learning-based approach for automated personality detection from text. We leverage state of the art advances in natural language understanding, namely the BERT language model to extract contextualized word embeddings from textual data for automated author personality detection. Our primary goal is to develop a computationally efficient, high-performance personality prediction model which can be easily used by a large number of people without access to huge computation resources. Our extensive experiments with this ideology in mind, led us to develop a novel model which feeds contextualized embeddings along with psycholinguistic features toa Bagged-SVM classifier for personality trait prediction. Our model outperforms the previous state of the art by 1.04% and, at the same time is significantly more computationally efficient to train. We report our results on the famous gold standard Essays dataset for personality detection.

* Proceedings of the The Fourth Widening Natural Language Processing Workshop (2020) 

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HyperFaceNet: A Hyperspectral Face Recognition Method Based on Deep Fusion

Sep 12, 2020
Zhicheng Cao, Xi Cen, Liaojun Pang

Face recognition has already been well studied under the visible light and the infrared,in both intra-spectral and cross-spectral cases. However, how to fuse different light bands, i.e., hyperspectral face recognition, is still an open research problem, which has the advantages of richer information retaining and all-weather functionality over single band face recognition. Among the very few works for hyperspectral face recognition, traditional non-deep learning techniques are largely used. Thus, we in this paper bring deep learning into the topic of hyperspectral face recognition, and propose a new fusion model (termed HyperFaceNet) especially for hyperspectral faces. The proposed fusion model is characterized by residual dense learning, a feedback style encoder and a recognition-oriented loss function. During the experiments, our method is proved to be of higher recognition rates than face recognition using either visible light or the infrared. Moreover, our fusion model is shown to be superior to other general-purposed image fusion methods including state-of-the-arts, in terms of both image quality and recognition performance.


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