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Quality-Diversity Optimization: a novel branch of stochastic optimization

Dec 17, 2020
Konstantinos Chatzilygeroudis, Antoine Cully, Vassilis Vassiliades, Jean-Baptiste Mouret

Traditional optimization algorithms search for a single global optimum that maximizes (or minimizes) the objective function. Multimodal optimization algorithms search for the highest peaks in the search space that can be more than one. Quality-Diversity algorithms are a recent addition to the evolutionary computation toolbox that do not only search for a single set of local optima, but instead try to illuminate the search space. In effect, they provide a holistic view of how high-performing solutions are distributed throughout a search space. The main differences with multimodal optimization algorithms are that (1) Quality-Diversity typically works in the behavioral space (or feature space), and not in the genotypic (or parameter) space, and (2) Quality-Diversity attempts to fill the whole behavior space, even if the niche is not a peak in the fitness landscape. In this chapter, we provide a gentle introduction to Quality-Diversity optimization, discuss the main representative algorithms, and the main current topics under consideration in the community. Throughout the chapter, we also discuss several successful applications of Quality-Diversity algorithms, including deep learning, robotics, and reinforcement learning.

* 13 pages, 4 figures, 3 algorithms, to be published in "Black Box Optimization, Machine Learning and No-Free Lunch Theorems", P. Pardalos, V. Rasskazova, M.N. Vrahatis, Ed., Springer 

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A Selective Survey on Versatile Knowledge Distillation Paradigm for Neural Network Models

Nov 30, 2020
Jeong-Hoe Ku, JiHun Oh, YoungYoon Lee, Gaurav Pooniwala, SangJeong Lee

This paper aims to provide a selective survey about knowledge distillation(KD) framework for researchers and practitioners to take advantage of it for developing new optimized models in the deep neural network field. To this end, we give a brief overview of knowledge distillation and some related works including learning using privileged information(LUPI) and generalized distillation(GD). Even though knowledge distillation based on the teacher-student architecture was initially devised as a model compression technique, it has found versatile applications over various frameworks. In this paper, we review the characteristics of knowledge distillation from the hypothesis that the three important ingredients of knowledge distillation are distilled knowledge and loss,teacher-student paradigm, and the distillation process. In addition, we survey the versatility of the knowledge distillation by studying its direct applications and its usage in combination with other deep learning paradigms. Finally we present some future works in knowledge distillation including explainable knowledge distillation where the analytical analysis of the performance gain is studied and the self-supervised learning which is a hot research topic in deep learning community.

* 15 pages, 19 figures 

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Ontology-driven Event Type Classification in Images

Nov 09, 2020
Eric Müller-Budack, Matthias Springstein, Sherzod Hakimov, Kevin Mrutzek, Ralph Ewerth

Event classification can add valuable information for semantic search and the increasingly important topic of fact validation in news. So far, only few approaches address image classification for newsworthy event types such as natural disasters, sports events, or elections. Previous work distinguishes only between a limited number of event types and relies on rather small datasets for training. In this paper, we present a novel ontology-driven approach for the classification of event types in images. We leverage a large number of real-world news events to pursue two objectives: First, we create an ontology based on Wikidata comprising the majority of event types. Second, we introduce a novel large-scale dataset that was acquired through Web crawling. Several baselines are proposed including an ontology-driven learning approach that aims to exploit structured information of a knowledge graph to learn relevant event relations using deep neural networks. Experimental results on existing as well as novel benchmark datasets demonstrate the superiority of the proposed ontology-driven approach.

* Accepted for publication in: IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) 2021 

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Quantitative Argument Summarization and Beyond: Cross-Domain Key Point Analysis

Oct 11, 2020
Roy Bar-Haim, Yoav Kantor, Lilach Eden, Roni Friedman, Dan Lahav, Noam Slonim

When summarizing a collection of views, arguments or opinions on some topic, it is often desirable not only to extract the most salient points, but also to quantify their prevalence. Work on multi-document summarization has traditionally focused on creating textual summaries, which lack this quantitative aspect. Recent work has proposed to summarize arguments by mapping them to a small set of expert-generated key points, where the salience of each key point corresponds to the number of its matching arguments. The current work advances key point analysis in two important respects: first, we develop a method for automatic extraction of key points, which enables fully automatic analysis, and is shown to achieve performance comparable to a human expert. Second, we demonstrate that the applicability of key point analysis goes well beyond argumentation data. Using models trained on publicly available argumentation datasets, we achieve promising results in two additional domains: municipal surveys and user reviews. An additional contribution is an in-depth evaluation of argument-to-key point matching models, where we substantially outperform previous results.

* EMNLP 2020 

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Injecting Entity Types into Entity-Guided Text Generation

Sep 28, 2020
Xiangyu Dong, Wenhao Yu, Chenguang Zhu, Meng Jiang

Recent successes in deep generative modeling have led to significant advances in natural language generation (NLG). Incorporating entities into neural generation models has demonstrated great improvements by assisting to infer the summary topic and to generate coherent content. In order to enhance the role of entity in NLG, in this paper, we aim to model the entity type in the decoding phase to generate contextual words accurately. We develop a novel NLG model to produce a target sequence (i.e., a news article) based on a given list of entities. The generation quality depends significantly on whether the input entities are logically connected and expressed in the output. Our model has a multi-step decoder that injects the entity types into the process of entity mention generation. It first predicts the token of being a contextual word or an entity, then if an entity, predicts the entity mention. It effectively embeds the entity's meaning into hidden states, making the generated words precise. Experiments on two public datasets demonstrate type injection performs better than type embedding concatenation baselines.

* Preprint; Under review as a conference paper; Code is available at: https://github.com/wyu97/InjType 

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COVID-19: Social Media Sentiment Analysis on Reopening

Jun 01, 2020
Mohammed Emtiaz Ahmed, Md Rafiqul Islam Rabin, Farah Naz Chowdhury

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is the most talked topic in social media platforms in 2020. People are using social media such as Twitter to express their opinion and share information on a number of issues related to the COVID-19 in this stay at home order. In this paper, we investigate the sentiment and emotion of peoples in the United States on the subject of reopening. We choose the social media platform Twitter for our analysis and study the Tweets to discover the sentimental perspective, emotional perspective, and triggering words towards the reopening. During this COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have made some analysis on various social media dataset regarding lockdown and stay at home. However, in our analysis, we are particularly interested to analyse public sentiment on reopening. Our major finding is that when all states resorted to lockdown in March, people showed dominant emotion of fear, but as reopening starts people have less fear. While this may be true, due to this reopening phase daily positive cases are rising compared to the lockdown situation. Overall, people have a less negative sentiment towards the situation of reopening.

* 8 pages, 4 figures, 1 table 

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Data Mining with Big Data in Intrusion Detection Systems: A Systematic Literature Review

May 23, 2020
Fadi Salo, MohammadNoor Injadat, Ali Bou Nassif, Aleksander Essex

Cloud computing has become a powerful and indispensable technology for complex, high performance and scalable computation. The exponential expansion in the deployment of cloud technology has produced a massive amount of data from a variety of applications, resources and platforms. In turn, the rapid rate and volume of data creation has begun to pose significant challenges for data management and security. The design and deployment of intrusion detection systems (IDS) in the big data setting has, therefore, become a topic of importance. In this paper, we conduct a systematic literature review (SLR) of data mining techniques (DMT) used in IDS-based solutions through the period 2013-2018. We employed criterion-based, purposive sampling identifying 32 articles, which constitute the primary source of the present survey. After a careful investigation of these articles, we identified 17 separate DMTs deployed in an IDS context. This paper also presents the merits and disadvantages of the various works of current research that implemented DMTs and distributed streaming frameworks (DSF) to detect and/or prevent malicious attacks in a big data environment.

* 8 Pages, 5 Figures, to be appeared in the proceedings of the International Symposium on Big Data Management and Analytics. April 25-26, 2019, Calgary, Canada 

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Reinforced Coloring for End-to-End Instance Segmentation

May 19, 2020
Tuan Tran Anh, Khoa Nguyen-Tuan, Tran Minh Quan, Won-Ki Jeong

Instance segmentation is one of the actively studied research topics in computer vision in which many objects of interest should be separated individually. While many feed-forward networks produce high-quality segmentation on different types of images, their results often suffer from topological errors (merging or splitting) for segmentation of many objects, requiring post-processing. Existing iterative methods, on the other hand, extract a single object at a time using discriminative knowledge-based properties (shapes, boundaries, etc.) without relying on post-processing, but they do not scale well. To exploit the advantages of conventional single-object-per-step segmentation methods without impairing the scalability, we propose a novel iterative deep reinforcement learning agent that learns how to differentiate multiple objects in parallel. Our reward function for the trainable agent is designed to favor grouping pixels belonging to the same object using a graph coloring algorithm. We demonstrate that the proposed method can efficiently perform instance segmentation of many objects without heavy post-processing.


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