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Do Convolutional Networks Need to Be Deep for Text Classification ?

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We study in this work the importance of depth in convolutional models for text classification, either when character or word inputs are considered. We show on 5 standard text classification and sentiment analysis tasks that deep models indeed give better performances than shallow networks when the text input is represented as a sequence of characters. However, a simple shallow-and-wide network outperforms deep models such as DenseNet with word inputs. Our shallow word model further establishes new state-of-the-art performances on two datasets: Yelp Binary (95.9%) and Yelp Full (64.9%).

Deep Neural Network Architecture for Character-Level Learning on Short Text

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Character-level deep learning for text classification tasks enables models to be trained without any prior knowledge of the data or language; however, an optimal neural network design for different text domains is not known and may vary. In this paper, we expand on current efforts to train neural networks from character-level data by conducting an experimental investigation on neural network design for text classification of short text documents. We trained and evaluated four networks, two consisting of convolutional layers followed by dense layers and two consisting of convolutional layers followed by a LSTM layer. Our experimental results show tweets need network architectures compatible with their short length. Networks found effective for other sentiment classification tasks may not produce an effective classifier in this domain, if their architecture is ill-suited for short instances.

Learning Convolutional Text Representations for Visual Question Answering Machine Learning

Visual question answering is a recently proposed artificial intelligence task that requires a deep understanding of both images and texts. In deep learning, images are typically modeled through convolutional neural networks, and texts are typically modeled through recurrent neural networks. While the requirement for modeling images is similar to traditional computer vision tasks, such as object recognition and image classification, visual question answering raises a different need for textual representation as compared to other natural language processing tasks. In this work, we perform a detailed analysis on natural language questions in visual question answering. Based on the analysis, we propose to rely on convolutional neural networks for learning textual representations. By exploring the various properties of convolutional neural networks specialized for text data, such as width and depth, we present our "CNN Inception + Gate" model. We show that our model improves question representations and thus the overall accuracy of visual question answering models. We also show that the text representation requirement in visual question answering is more complicated and comprehensive than that in conventional natural language processing tasks, making it a better task to evaluate textual representation methods. Shallow models like fastText, which can obtain comparable results with deep learning models in tasks like text classification, are not suitable in visual question answering.

An Efficient Deep Neural Architecture for Multilingual Sentiment Analysis in Twitter

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Sentiment analysis of tweets is often monolingual and the models provided by machine learning classifiers are usually not applicable across distinct languages. Cross-language sentiment classification usually relies on machine translation strategies in which a source language is translated to the desired target language. Machine translation is costly and the provided results are limited by the quality of the translation that is performed. In this paper, we propose an efficient translation-free deep neural architecture for performing multilingual sentiment analysis of tweets. Our proposed approach benefits from a cost-effective character-based embedding and from optimized convolutions to learn from multiple distinct languages. The resulting model is capable of learning latent features from all languages used during training at once and it does not require any translation process to be performed whatsoever. We empirically evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the proposed approach in tweet corpora from four different languages and we show that it presents the best trade-off among four distinct state-of-the-art deep neural architectures for sentiment analysis.

Understanding Convolutional Neural Networks for NLP


When we hear about Convolutional Neural Network (CNNs), we typically think of Computer Vision. CNNs were responsible for major breakthroughs in Image Classification and are the core of most Computer Vision systems today, from Facebook's automated photo tagging to self-driving cars. More recently we've also started to apply CNNs to problems in Natural Language Processing and gotten some interesting results. In this post I'll try to summarize what CNNs are, and how they're used in NLP. The intuitions behind CNNs are somewhat easier to understand for the Computer Vision use case, so I'll start there, and then slowly move towards NLP. The for me easiest way to understand a convolution is by thinking of it as a sliding window function applied to a matrix.