How can Unsupervised Neural Machine Translation Work?

Neural Machine Translation has arguably reached human-level performance. But, effective training of these systems is strongly dependent on the availability of a large amount of parallel text. Because of which supervised techniques have not been so successful in low resource language pairs. Unsupervised Machine Translation requires only monolingual corpora and is a viable alternative in … Continue reading How can Unsupervised Neural Machine Translation Work?

A Disciplined Approach to Neural Network Hyper-Parameters: Learning Rate, Batch Size, Momentum, and Weight Decay – Paper Dissected

Training a machine learning algorithm requires carefully selecting hyper-parameters. But with neural networks, this can easily go out of control with so many things to tune. Besides, the optimal values of these parameters vary from one dataset to another.  Leslie N. Smith in his paper - A Disciplined Approach to Neural Network Hyper-Parameters: Part 1 - … Continue reading A Disciplined Approach to Neural Network Hyper-Parameters: Learning Rate, Batch Size, Momentum, and Weight Decay – Paper Dissected

What makes the AWD-LSTM great?

The AWD-LSTM has been dominating the state-of-the-art language modeling. All the top research papers on word-level models incorporate AWD-LSTMs. And it has shown great results on character-level models as well (Source). In this blog post, I go through the research paper - Regularizing and Optimizing LSTM Language Models that introduced the AWD-LSTM and try to explain … Continue reading What makes the AWD-LSTM great?

InferSent supervised learning of sentence embeddings

A Walkthrough of InferSent – Supervised Learning of Sentence Embeddings

Universal Embeddings of text data have been widely used in natural language processing. It involves encoding words or sentences into fixed length numeric vectors which are pre-trained on a large text corpus and can be used to improve the performance of other NLP tasks (like classification, translation). While word embeddings have been massively popular and … Continue reading A Walkthrough of InferSent – Supervised Learning of Sentence Embeddings

Universal Language Model Fine Tuning ulmfit for text classification

Understanding the Working of Universal Language Model Fine Tuning (ULMFiT)

Transfer Learning in natural language processing is an area that had not been explored with great success. But, last month (May 2018), Jeremy Howard and Sebastian Ruder came up with the paper - Universal Language Model Fine-tuning for Text Classification which explores the benefits of using a pre-trained model on text classification. It proposes ULMFiT, a transfer … Continue reading Understanding the Working of Universal Language Model Fine Tuning (ULMFiT)