Scripts & Frames


Gradient Episodic Memory for Continual Learning

Neural Information Processing Systems

One major obstacle towards AI is the poor ability of models to solve new problems quicker, and without forgetting previously acquired knowledge. To better understand this issue, we study the problem of continual learning, where the model observes, once and one by one, examples concerning a sequence of tasks. First, we propose a set of metrics to evaluate models learning over a continuum of data. These metrics characterize models not only by their test accuracy, but also in terms of their ability to transfer knowledge across tasks. Second, we propose a model for continual learning, called Gradient Episodic Memory (GEM) that alleviates forgetting, while allowing beneficial transfer of knowledge to previous tasks.


Learning Hierarchical Semantic Image Manipulation through Structured Representations

Neural Information Processing Systems

Understanding, reasoning, and manipulating semantic concepts of images have been a fundamental research problem for decades. Previous work mainly focused on direct manipulation of natural image manifold through color strokes, key-points, textures, and holes-to-fill. In this work, we present a novel hierarchical framework for semantic image manipulation. Key to our hierarchical framework is that we employ structured semantic layout as our intermediate representations for manipulation. Initialized with coarse-level bounding boxes, our layout generator first creates pixel-wise semantic layout capturing the object shape, object-object interactions, and object-scene relations.


Episodic Memory in Lifelong Language Learning

Neural Information Processing Systems

We introduce a lifelong language learning setup where a model needs to learn from a stream of text examples without any dataset identifier. We propose an episodic memory model that performs sparse experience replay and local adaptation to mitigate catastrophic forgetting in this setup. Experiments on text classification and question answering demonstrate the complementary benefits of sparse experience replay and local adaptation to allow the model to continuously learn from new datasets. We also show that the space complexity of the episodic memory module can be reduced significantly ( 50-90%) by randomly choosing which examples to store in memory with a minimal decrease in performance. We consider an episodic memory component as a crucial building block of general linguistic intelligence and see our model as a first step in that direction.


Episodic Memory in Lifelong Language Learning

arXiv.org Machine Learning

We introduce a lifelong language learning setup where a model needs to learn from a stream of text examples without any dataset identifier. We propose an episodic memory model that performs sparse experience replay and local adaptation to mitigate catastrophic forgetting in this setup. Experiments on text classification and question answering demonstrate the complementary benefits of sparse experience replay and local adaptation to allow the model to continuously learn from new datasets. We also show that the space complexity of the episodic memory module can be reduced significantly ( 50-90%) by randomly choosing which examples to store in memory with a minimal decrease in performance. We consider an episodic memory component as a crucial building block of general linguistic intelligence and see our model as a first step in that direction.


Continual and Multi-task Reinforcement Learning With Shared Episodic Memory

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Episodic memory plays an important role in the behavior of animals and humans. It allows the accumulation of information about current state of the environment in a task-agnostic way. This episodic representation can be later accessed by down-stream tasks in order to make their execution more efficient. In this work, we introduce the neural architecture with shared episodic memory (SEM) for learning and the sequential execution of multiple tasks. We explicitly split the encoding of episodic memory and task-specific memory into separate recurrent sub-networks. An agent augmented with SEM was able to effectively reuse episodic knowledge collected during other tasks to improve its policy on a current task in the Taxi problem. Repeated use of episodic representation in continual learning experiments facilitated acquisition of novel skills in the same environment.


Continual Learning with Tiny Episodic Memories

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Learning with less supervision is a major challenge in artificial intelligence. One sensible approach to decrease the amount of supervision is to leverage prior experience and transfer knowledge from tasks seen in the past. However, a necessary condition for a successful transfer is the ability to remember how to perform previous tasks. The Continual Learning (CL) setting, whereby an agent learns from a stream of tasks without seeing any example twice, is an ideal framework to investigate how to accrue such knowledge. In this work, we consider supervised learning tasks and methods that leverage a very small episodic memory for continual learning. Through an extensive empirical analysis across four benchmark datasets adapted to CL, we observe that a very simple baseline, which jointly trains on both examples from the current task as well as examples stored in the memory, outperforms state-of-the-art CL approaches with and without episodic memory. Surprisingly, repeated learning over tiny episodic memories does not harm generalization on past tasks, as joint training on data from subsequent tasks acts like a data dependent regularizer. We discuss and evaluate different approaches to write into the memory. Most notably, reservoir sampling works remarkably well across the board, except when the memory size is extremely small. In this case, writing strategies that guarantee an equal representation of all classes work better. Overall, these methods should be considered as a strong baseline candidate when benchmarking new CL approaches


Fused Gromov-Wasserstein distance for structured objects: theoretical foundations and mathematical properties

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Optimal transport theory has recently found many applications in machine learning thanks to its capacity for comparing various machine learning objects considered as distributions. The Kantorovitch formulation, leading to the Wasserstein distance, focuses on the features of the elements of the objects but treat them independently, whereas the Gromov-Wasserstein distance focuses only on the relations between the elements, depicting the structure of the object, yet discarding its features. In this paper we propose to extend these distances in order to encode simultaneously both the feature and structure informations, resulting in the Fused Gromov-Wasserstein distance. We develop the mathematical framework for this novel distance, prove its metric and interpolation properties and provide a concentration result for the convergence of finite samples. We also illustrate and interpret its use in various contexts where structured objects are involved.


Episodic memory for continual model learning

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Both the human brain and artificial learning agents operating in real-world or comparably complex environments are faced with the challenge of online model selection. In principle this challenge can be overcome: hierarchical Bayesian inference provides a principled method for model selection and it converges on the same posterior for both off-line (i.e. batch) and online learning. However, maintaining a parameter posterior for each model in parallel has in general an even higher memory cost than storing the entire data set and is consequently clearly unfeasible. Alternatively, maintaining only a limited set of models in memory could limit memory requirements. However, sufficient statistics for one model will usually be insufficient for fitting a different kind of model, meaning that the agent loses information with each model change. We propose that episodic memory can circumvent the challenge of limited memory-capacity online model selection by retaining a selected subset of data points. We design a method to compute the quantities necessary for model selection even when the data is discarded and only statistics of one (or few) learnt models are available. We demonstrate on a simple model that a limited-sized episodic memory buffer, when the content is optimised to retain data with statistics not matching the current representation, can resolve the fundamental challenge of online model selection.


Your dog can remember all those silly things you've done: Canines have 'episodic' memories, just like humans

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Dogs have a remarkable ability to recall events from the past, in a similar way to humans. That's according to a new study which found evidence canines have a similar'episodic memory' to their human counterparts. Dogs can recall a person's actions even when they do not expect to have their memory tested, says the research. Previously, evidence that animals use episodic memory has been hard to come by, as it's impossible to ask an animal, in this case a dog, what they remember (stock image) Dogs trained using the trick can watch a person perform an action and carry out the action themselves. For example, if the their owner jumps in the air and then gives the command'do it', the dog would jump in the air.


A Unified Bayesian Model of Scripts, Frames and Language

AAAI Conferences

We present the first probabilistic model to capture all levels of the Minsky Frame structure, with the goal of corpus-based induction of scenario definitions. Our model unifies prior efforts in discourse-level modeling with that of Fillmore's related notion of frame, as captured in sentence-level, FrameNet semantic parses; as part of this, we resurrect the coupling among Minsky's frames, Schank's scripts and Fillmore's frames, as originally laid out by those authors. Empirically, our approach yields improved scenario representations, reflected quantitatively in lower surprisal and more coherent latent scenarios.