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AbuseAnalyzer: Abuse Detection, Severity and Target Prediction for Gab Posts

Oct 08, 2020
Mohit Chandra, Ashwin Pathak, Eesha Dutta, Paryul Jain, Manish Gupta, Manish Shrivastava, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru

While extensive popularity of online social media platforms has made information dissemination faster, it has also resulted in widespread online abuse of different types like hate speech, offensive language, sexist and racist opinions, etc. Detection and curtailment of such abusive content is critical for avoiding its psychological impact on victim communities, and thereby preventing hate crimes. Previous works have focused on classifying user posts into various forms of abusive behavior. But there has hardly been any focus on estimating the severity of abuse and the target. In this paper, we present a first of the kind dataset with 7601 posts from Gab which looks at online abuse from the perspective of presence of abuse, severity and target of abusive behavior. We also propose a system to address these tasks, obtaining an accuracy of ~80% for abuse presence, ~82% for abuse target prediction, and ~65% for abuse severity prediction.

* Extended version for our paper accepted at COLING 2020 

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How2Sign: A Large-scale Multimodal Dataset for Continuous American Sign Language

Aug 18, 2020
Amanda Duarte, Shruti Palaskar, Deepti Ghadiyaram, Kenneth DeHaan, Florian Metze, Jordi Torres, Xavier Giro-i-Nieto

Sign Language is the primary means of communication for the majority of the Deaf community. One of the factors that has hindered the progress in the areas of automatic sign language recognition, generation, and translation is the absence of large annotated datasets, especially continuous sign language datasets, i.e. datasets that are annotated and segmented at the sentence or utterance level. Towards this end, in this work we introduce How2Sign, a work-in-progress dataset collection. How2Sign consists of a parallel corpus of 80 hours of sign language videos (collected with multi-view RGB and depth sensor data) with corresponding speech transcriptions and gloss annotations. In addition, a three-hour subset was further recorded in a geodesic dome setup using hundreds of cameras and sensors, which enables detailed 3D reconstruction and pose estimation and paves the way for vision systems to understand the 3D geometry of sign language.

* Presented as an extended abstract at the Sign Language Recognition, Translation & Production workshop (SLRTP) at European Conference on Computer Vision 2020 

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Hierarchically Local Tasks and Deep Convolutional Networks

Jun 29, 2020
Arturo Deza, Qianli Liao, Andrzej Banburski, Tomaso Poggio

The main success stories of deep learning, starting with ImageNet, depend on convolutional networks, which on certain tasks perform significantly better than traditional shallow classifiers, such as support vector machines. Is there something special about deep convolutional networks that other learning machines do not possess? Recent results in approximation theory have shown that there is an exponential advantage of deep convolutional-like networks in approximating functions with hierarchical locality in their compositional structure. These mathematical results, however, do not say which tasks are expected to have input-output functions with hierarchical locality. Among all the possible hierarchically local tasks in vision, text and speech we explore a few of them experimentally by studying how they are affected by disrupting locality in the input images. We also discuss a taxonomy of tasks ranging from local, to hierarchically local, to global and make predictions about the type of networks required to perform efficiently on these different types of tasks.

* A pre-print. Submitted to the Conference of Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) 2020 

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Transfer Learning for British Sign Language Modelling

Jun 03, 2020
Boris Mocialov, Graham Turner, Helen Hastie

Automatic speech recognition and spoken dialogue systems have made great advances through the use of deep machine learning methods. This is partly due to greater computing power but also through the large amount of data available in common languages, such as English. Conversely, research in minority languages, including sign languages, is hampered by the severe lack of data. This has led to work on transfer learning methods, whereby a model developed for one language is reused as the starting point for a model on a second language, which is less resourced. In this paper, we examine two transfer learning techniques of fine-tuning and layer substitution for language modelling of British Sign Language. Our results show improvement in perplexity when using transfer learning with standard stacked LSTM models, trained initially using a large corpus for standard English from the Penn Treebank corpus

* Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on NLP for Similar Languages, Varieties and Dialects, VarDial (2018) 
* 10 pages, 3 figures 

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Dynamic Masking for Improved Stability in Spoken Language Translation

May 30, 2020
Yuekun Yao, Barry Haddow

For spoken language translation (SLT) in live scenarios such as conferences, lectures and meetings, it is desirable to show the translation to the user as quickly as possible, avoiding an annoying lag between speaker and translated captions. In other words, we would like low-latency, online SLT. If we assume a pipeline of automatic speech recognition (ASR) and machine translation (MT) then a viable approach to online SLT is to pair an online ASR system, with a a retranslation strategy, where the MT system re-translates every update received from ASR. However this can result in annoying "flicker" as the MT system updates its translation. A possible solution is to add a fixed delay, or "mask" to the the output of the MT system, but a fixed global mask introduces undesirable latency to the output. We show how this mask can be set dynamically, improving the latency-flicker trade-off without sacrificing translation quality.

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Enhancing Monotonic Multihead Attention for Streaming ASR

May 23, 2020
Hirofumi Inaguma, Masato Mimura, Tatsuya Kawahara

We investigate a monotonic multihead attention (MMA) by extending hard monotonic attention to Transformer-based automatic speech recognition (ASR) for online streaming applications. For streaming inference, all monotonic attention (MA) heads should learn proper alignments because the next token is not generated until all heads detect the corresponding token boundaries. However, we found not all MA heads learn alignments with a naive implementation. To encourage every head to learn alignments properly, we propose HeadDrop regularization by masking out a part of heads stochastically during training. Furthermore, we propose to prune redundant heads to improve consensus among heads for boundary detection and prevent delayed token generation caused by such heads. Chunkwise attention on each MA head is extended to the multihead counterpart. Finally, we propose head-synchronous beam search decoding to guarantee stable streaming inference.

* Corrected AISHELL-1 results 

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Style-transfer and Paraphrase: Looking for a Sensible Semantic Similarity Metric

Apr 10, 2020
Ivan Yamshchikov, Viacheslav Shibaev, Nikolay Khlebnikov, Alexey Tikhonov

The rapid development of such natural language processing tasks as style transfer, paraphrase, and machine translation often calls for the use of semantic preservation metrics. In recent years a lot of methods to control the semantic similarity of two short texts were developed. This paper provides a comprehensive analysis for more than a dozen of such methods. Using a new dataset of fourteen thousand sentence pairs human-labeled according to their semantic similarity, we demonstrate that none of the metrics widely used in the literature is close enough to human judgment to be used on its own in these tasks. The recently proposed Word Mover's Distance (WMD), along with bilingual evaluation understudy (BLEU) and part-of-speech (POS) distance, seem to form a reasonable complex solution to measure semantic preservation in reformulated texts. We encourage the research community to use the ensemble of these metrics until a better solution is found.

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