MAsked Sequence to Sequence pre-training (MASS) google
Pre-training and fine-tuning, e.g., BERT, have achieved great success in language understanding by transferring knowledge from rich-resource pre-training task to the low/zero-resource downstream tasks. Inspired by the success of BERT, we propose MAsked Sequence to Sequence pre-training (MASS) for the encoder-decoder based language generation tasks. MASS adopts the encoder-decoder framework to reconstruct a sentence fragment given the remaining part of the sentence: its encoder takes a sentence with randomly masked fragment (several consecutive tokens) as input, and its decoder tries to predict this masked fragment. In this way, MASS can jointly train the encoder and decoder to develop the capability of representation extraction and language modeling. By further fine-tuning on a variety of zero/low-resource language generation tasks, including neural machine translation, text summarization and conversational response generation (3 tasks and totally 8 datasets), MASS achieves significant improvements over the baselines without pre-training or with other pre-training methods. Specially, we achieve the state-of-the-art accuracy (37.5 in terms of BLEU score) on the unsupervised English-French translation, even beating the early attention-based supervised model. …

Self-Paced Multi-Task Clustering (SPMTC) google
Multi-task clustering (MTC) has attracted a lot of research attentions in machine learning due to its ability in utilizing the relationship among different tasks. Despite the success of traditional MTC models, they are either easy to stuck into local optima, or sensitive to outliers and noisy data. To alleviate these problems, we propose a novel self-paced multi-task clustering (SPMTC) paradigm. In detail, SPMTC progressively selects data examples to train a series of MTC models with increasing complexity, thus highly decreases the risk of trapping into poor local optima. Furthermore, to reduce the negative influence of outliers and noisy data, we design a soft version of SPMTC to further improve the clustering performance. The corresponding SPMTC framework can be easily solved by an alternating optimization method. The proposed model is guaranteed to converge and experiments on real data sets have demonstrated its promising results compared with state-of-the-art multi-task clustering methods. …

ELiSH google
Deep Neural Networks have been shown to be beneficial for a variety of tasks, in particular allowing for end-to-end learning and reducing the requirement for manual design decisions. However, still many parameters have to be chosen in advance, also raising the need to optimize them. One important, but often ignored system parameter is the selection of a proper activation function. Thus, in this paper we target to demonstrate the importance of activation functions in general and show that for different tasks different activation functions might be meaningful. To avoid the manual design or selection of activation functions, we build on the idea of genetic algorithms to learn the best activation function for a given task. In addition, we introduce two new activation functions, ELiSH and HardELiSH, which can easily be incorporated in our framework. In this way, we demonstrate for three different image classification benchmarks that different activation functions are learned, also showing improved results compared to typically used baselines. …

Many Task Learning (MaTL) google
Typical multi-task learning (MTL) methods rely on architectural adjustments and a large trainable parameter set to jointly optimize over several tasks. However, when the number of tasks increases so do the complexity of the architectural adjustments and resource requirements. In this paper, we introduce a method which applies a conditional feature-wise transformation over the convolutional activations that enables a model to successfully perform a large number of tasks. To distinguish from regular MTL, we introduce Many Task Learning (MaTL) as a special case of MTL where more than 20 tasks are performed by a single model. Our method dubbed Task Routing (TR) is encapsulated in a layer we call the Task Routing Layer (TRL), which applied in an MaTL scenario successfully fits hundreds of classification tasks in one model. We evaluate our method on 5 datasets against strong baselines and state-of-the-art approaches.
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