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Multi-Task Learning For Parsing The Alexa Meaning Representation Language

AAAI Conferences

The Alexa Meaning Representation Language (AMRL) is a compositional graph-based semantic representation that includes fine-grained types, properties, actions, and roles and can represent a wide variety of spoken language.  AMRL increases the ability of virtual assistants to represent more complex requests, including logical and conditional statements as well as ones with nested clauses. Due to this representational capacity, the acquisition of large scale data resources is challenging, which limits the accuracy of resulting models. This paper has two primary contributions. First, we develop a linearization of AMRL graphs along with a deep multi-task model that predicts fine-grained types, properties, and intents. Second, we show how to jointly train a model that predicts an existing representation for spoken language understanding (SLU) along with the linearized AMRL parse. The resulting model, which leverages learned embeddings from both tasks, is able to predict the AMRL representation more accurately than other approaches, decreasing the error rates in the full parse by 3.56% absolute and reducing the amount of natively annotated data needed to train accurate parsing models.


Neural Character-Level Syntactic Parsing for Chinese

Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research

In this work, we explore character-level neural syntactic parsing for Chinese with two typical syntactic formalisms: the constituent formalism and a dependency formalism based on a newly released character-level dependency treebank. Prior works in Chinese parsing have struggled with whether to de ne words when modeling character interactions. We choose to integrate full character-level syntactic dependency relationships using neural representations from character embeddings and richer linguistic syntactic information from human-annotated character-level Parts-Of-Speech and dependency labels. This has the potential to better understand the deeper structure of Chinese sentences and provides a better structural formalism for avoiding unnecessary structural ambiguities. Specifically, we  first compare two different character-level syntax annotation styles: constituency and dependency. Then, we discuss two key problems for character-level parsing: (1) how to combine constituent and dependency syntactic structure in full character-level trees and (2) how to convert from character-level to word-level for both constituent and dependency trees. In addition, we also explore several other key parsing aspects, including di erent character-level dependency annotations and joint learning of Parts-Of-Speech and syntactic parsing. Finally, we evaluate our models on the Chinese Penn Treebank (CTB) and our published Shanghai Jiao Tong University Chinese Character Dependency Treebank (SCDT). The results show the e effectiveness of our model on both constituent and dependency parsing. We further provide empirical analysis and suggest several directions for future study.


Neural Character-level Dependency Parsing for Chinese

AAAI Conferences

This inconvenience makes us do necessary restorations from character-level dependency parsing results Table 2: Character-level evaluation. Character-level dependency parsing covers all levels of language processing within a Chinese sentence. Our model shows that even integrating the least character position simplifies the pipeline into two steps, character POS tagging, information, it is beneficial to the parser.. and character dependency parsing, while traditional processing Finally, effective integration of two levels of tags boosts has to handle word segmentation, POS tagging for word, the performance most. For CHAR WORD strategy, it is more and word-level dependency parsing as shown in Figure 2. straightforward but also brings too many tags or labels and With different processing hierarchies, we also provide complete thus will slow down the parsing and make the learning more matches (CM) as one metric for the related evaluation. The character parsing performance comparison is given in Table reason might be that since characters instead of words are 1, in which the following observations are obtained.


Character-Based Parsing with Convolutional Neural Network

AAAI Conferences

We describe a novel convolutional neural network architecture with k-max pooling layer that is able to successfully recover the structure of Chinese sentences. This network can capture active features for unseen segments of a sentence to measure how likely the segments are merged to be the constituents. Given an input sentence, after all the scores of possible segments are computed, an efficient dynamic programming parsing algorithm is used to find the globally optimal parse tree. A similar network is then applied to predict syntactic categories for every node in the parse tree. Our networks archived competitive performance to existing benchmark parsers on the CTB-5 dataset without any task-specific feature engineering.


Improving Semantic Parsing for Task Oriented Dialog

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Semantic parsing using hierarchical representations has recently been proposed for task oriented dialog with promising results [Gupta et al 2018]. In this paper, we present three different improvements to the model: contextualized embeddings, ensembling, and pairwise re-ranking based on a language model. We taxonomize the errors possible for the hierarchical representation, such as wrong top intent, missing spans or split spans, and show that the three approaches correct different kinds of errors. The best model combines the three techniques and gives 6.4% better exact match accuracy than the state-of-the-art, with an error reduction of 33%, resulting in a new state-of-the-art result on the Task Oriented Parsing (TOP) dataset.