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    • WACV 2020
      Moshiko Raboh, Roei Herzig, Gal Chechik, Jonathan Berant, Amir Globerson
      Understanding the semantics of complex visual scenes involves perception of entities and reasoning about their relations. Scene graphs provide a natural representation for these tasks, by assigning labels to both entities (nodes) and relations (edges). However, scene graphs are not commonly used as…  (More)
    • AAAI 2020
      Tushar Khot, Peter Clark, Michal Guerquin, Paul Edward Jansen, Ashish Sabharwal
      Composing knowledge from multiple pieces of texts is a key challenge in multi-hop question answering. We present a multi-hop reasoning dataset, Question Answering via Sentence Composition (QASC), that requires retrieving facts from a large corpus and composing them to answer a multiple-choice…  (More)
    • AAAI 2020
      Kyle Richardson, Hai Na Hu, Lawrence S. Moss, Ashish Sabharwal
      Do state-of-the-art models for language understanding already have, or can they easily learn, abilities such as boolean coordination, quantification, conditionals, comparatives, and monotonicity reasoning (i.e., reasoning about word substitutions in sentential contexts)? While such phenomena are…  (More)
    • SCIL 2020
      Hai Hu, Qi Chen, Kyle Richardson, Atreyee Mukherjee, Lawrence S. Moss, Sandra Kübler
      We present a new logic-based inference engine for natural language inference (NLI) called MonaLog, which is based on natural logic and the monotonicity calculus. In contrast to existing logic-based approaches, our system is intentionally designed to be as lightweight as possible, and operates using…  (More)
    • NeurIPS 2019
      Mitchell Wortsman, Ali Farhadi, Mohammad Rastegari
      The success of neural networks has driven a shift in focus from feature engineering to architecture engineering. However, successful networks today are constructed using a small and manually defined set of building blocks. Even in methods of neural architecture search (NAS) the network connectivity…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Jonathan Kuck, Tri Dao, Hamid Rezatofighi, Ashish Sabharwal, Stefano Ermon
      Computing the permanent of a non-negative matrix is a core problem with practical applications ranging from target tracking to statistical thermodynamics. However, this problem is also #P-complete, which leaves little hope for finding an exact solution that can be computed efficiently. While the…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, Peter Clark
      Multi-hop textual question answering requires combining information from multiple sentences. We focus on a natural setting where, unlike typical reading comprehension, only partial information is provided with each question. The model must retrieve and use additional knowledge to correctly answer…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Jaemin Cho, Minjoon Seo, Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      Generating diverse sequences is important in many NLP applications such as question generation or summarization that exhibit semantically one-to-many relationships between source and the target sequences. We present a method to explicitly separate diversification from generation using a general…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Niket Tandon, Bhavana Dalvi Mishra, Keisuke Sakaguchi, Antoine Bosselut, Peter Clark
      We introduce WIQA, the first large-scale dataset of "What if..." questions over procedural text. WIQA contains three parts: a collection of paragraphs each describing a process, e.g., beach erosion; a set of crowdsourced influence graphs for each paragraph, describing how one change affects another…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Peter West, Ari Holtzman, Jan Buys, Yejin Choi
      The principle of the Information Bottleneck (Tishby et al. 1999) is to produce a summary of information X optimized to predict some other relevant information Y. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to unsupervised sentence summarization by mapping the Information Bottleneck principle to a…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Ben Bogin, Matt Gardner, Jonathan Berant
      State-of-the-art semantic parsers rely on auto-regressive decoding, emitting one symbol at a time. When tested against complex databases that are unobserved at training time (zero-shot), the parser often struggles to select the correct set of database constants in the new database, due to the local…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Jonathan Herzig, Jonathan Berant
      A major hurdle on the road to conversational interfaces is the difficulty in collecting data that maps language utterances to logical forms. One prominent approach for data collection has been to automatically generate pseudo-language paired with logical forms, and paraphrase the pseudo-language to…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Arman Cohan, Iz Beltagy, Daniel King, Bhavana Dalvi, Daniel S. Weld
      As a step toward better document-level understanding, we explore classification of a sequence of sentences into their corresponding categories, a task that requires understanding sentences in context of the document. Recent successful models for this task have used hierarchical models to…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Iz Beltagy, Kyle Lo, Arman Cohan
      Obtaining large-scale annotated data for NLP tasks in the scientific domain is challenging and expensive. We release SciBERT, a pretrained language model based on BERT (Devlin et al., 2018) to address the lack of high-quality, large-scale labeled scientific data. SciBERT leverages unsupervised…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Mandar Joshi, Danqi Chen, Yinhan Liu, Daniel S. Weld, Luke Zettlemoyer, Omer Levy
      We present SpanBERT, a pre-training method that is designed to better represent and predict spans of text. Our approach extends BERT by (1) masking contiguous random spans, rather than random tokens, and (2) training the span boundary representations to predict the entire content of the masked span…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Hila Gonen, Yoav Goldberg
      We focus on the problem of language modeling for code-switched language, in the context of automatic speech recognition (ASR). Language modeling for code-switched language is challenging for (at least) three reasons: (1) lack of available large-scale code-switched data for training; (2) lack of a…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Matan Ben Noach, Yoav Goldberg
      Deep learning systems thrive on abundance of labeled training data but such data is not always available, calling for alternative methods of supervision. One such method is expectation regularization (XR) (Mann and McCallum, 2007), where models are trained based on expected label proportions. We…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Bhavana Dalvi Mishra, Niket Tandon, Antoine Bosselut, Wen-tau Yih, Peter Clark
      Our goal is to better comprehend procedural text, e.g., a paragraph about photosynthesis, by not only predicting what happens, but why some actions need to happen before others. Our approach builds on a prior process comprehension framework for predicting actions' effects, to also identify…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Ben Zhou, Daniel Khashabi, Qiang Ning, Dan Roth
      Understanding time is crucial for understanding events expressed in natural language. Because people rarely say the obvious, it is often necessary to have commonsense knowledge about various temporal aspects of events, such as duration, frequency, and temporal order. However, this important problem…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Mandar Joshi, Omer Levy, Daniel S. Weld, Luke Zettlemoyer
      We apply BERT to coreference resolution, achieving strong improvements on the OntoNotes (+3.9 F1) and GAP (+11.5 F1) benchmarks. A qualitative analysis of model predictions indicates that, compared to ELMo and BERT-base, BERT-large is particularly better at distinguishing between related but…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      David Wadden, Ulme Wennberg, Yi Luan, Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      We examine the capabilities of a unified, multi-task framework for three information extraction tasks: named entity recognition, relation extraction, and event extraction. Our framework (called DyGIE++) accomplishes all tasks by enumerating, refining, and scoring text spans designed to capture…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Sewon Min, Danqi Chen, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Luke Zettlemoyer
      Many question answering (QA) tasks only provide weak supervision for how the answer should be computed. For example, TriviaQA answers are entities that can be mentioned multiple times in supporting documents, while DROP answers can be computed by deriving many different equations from numbers in…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Lianhui Qin, Antoine Bosselut, Ari Holtzman, Chandra Bhagavatula, Elizabeth Clark, Yejin Choi
      Counterfactual reasoning requires predicting how alternative events, contrary to what actually happened, might have resulted in different outcomes. Despite being considered a necessary component of AI-complete systems, few resources have been developed for evaluating counterfactual reasoning in…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Jesse Dodge, Suchin Gururangan, Dallas Card, Roy Schwartz, Noah A. Smith
      Research in natural language processing proceeds, in part, by demonstrating that new models achieve superior performance (e.g., accuracy) on held-out test data, compared to previous results. In this paper, we demonstrate that test-set performance scores alone are insufficient for drawing accurate…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Jesse Dodge, Roy Schwartz, Hao Peng, Noah A. Smith
      Neural models for NLP typically use large numbers of parameters to reach state-of-the-art performance, which can lead to excessive memory usage and increased runtime. We present a structure learning method for learning sparse, parameter-efficient NLP models. Our method applies group lasso to…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Pradeep Dasigi, Nelson F. Liu, Ana Marasovi'c, Noah A. Smith, Matt Gardner
      Machine comprehension of texts longer than a single sentence often requires coreference resolution. However, most current reading comprehension benchmarks do not contain complex coreferential phenomena and hence fail to evaluate the ability of models to resolve coreference. We present a new…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Matthew E. Peters, Mark Neumann, Robert L. Logan, Roy Schwartz, Vidur Joshi, Sameer Singh, and Noah A. Smith
      Contextual word representations, typically trained on unstructured, unlabeled text, do not contain any explicit grounding to real world entities and are often unable to remember facts about those entities. We propose a general method to embed multiple knowledge bases (KBs) into large scale models…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Hao Peng, Roy Schwartz, Noah A. Smith
      We present PaLM, a hybrid parser and neural language model. Building on an RNN language model, PaLM adds an attention layer over text spans in the left context. An unsupervised constituency parser can be derived from its attention weights, using a greedy decoding algorithm. We evaluate PaLM on…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Xiujun Li, Chunyuan Li, Qiaolin Xia, Yonatan Bisk, Asli Celikyilmaz, Jianfeng Gao, Noah Smith, Yejin Choi
      Core to the vision-and-language navigation (VLN) challenge is building robust instruction representations and action decoding schemes, which can generalize well to previously unseen instructions and environments. In this paper, we report two simple but highly effective methods to address these…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Sachin Kumar, Shuly Wintner, Noah A. Smith, Yulia Tsvetkov
      Despite impressive performance on many text classification tasks, deep neural networks tend to learn frequent superficial patterns that are specific to the training data and do not always generalize well. In this work, we observe this limitation with respect to the task of native language…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Maarten Sap, Hannah Rashkin, Derek Chen, Ronan LeBras, Yejin Choi
      We introduce Social IQa, the first largescale benchmark for commonsense reasoning about social situations. Social IQa contains 38,000 multiple choice questions for probing emotional and social intelligence in a variety of everyday situations (e.g., Q: "Jordan wanted to tell Tracy a secret, so…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Oyvind Tafjord, Matt Gardner, Kevin Lin, Peter Clark
      We introduce the first open-domain dataset, called QuaRTz, for reasoning about textual qualitative relationships. QuaRTz contains general qualitative statements, e.g., "A sunscreen with a higher SPF protects the skin longer.", twinned with 3864 crowdsourced situated questions, e.g., "Billy is…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2019
      Lifu Huang, Ronan Le Bras, Chandra Bhagavatula, Yejin Choi
      Understanding narratives requires reading between the lines, which in turn, requires interpreting the likely causes and effects of events, even when they are not mentioned explicitly. In this paper, we introduce Cosmos QA, a large-scale dataset of 35,600 problems that require commonsense-based…  (More)
    • ICCV 2019
      Tianlu Wang, Jieyu Zhao, Mark Yatskar, Kai-Wei Chang, Vicente Ordonez
      In this work, we present a framework to measure and mitigate intrinsic biases with respect to protected variables --such as gender-- in visual recognition tasks. We show that trained models significantly amplify the association of target labels with gender beyond what one would expect from biased…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Christine Betts, Joanna Power, Waleed Ammar
      We introduce GrapAL (Graph database of Academic Literature), a versatile tool for exploring and investigating a knowledge base of scientific literature, that was semi-automatically constructed using NLP methods. GrapAL satisfies a variety of use cases and information needs requested by researchers…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Antoine Bosselut, Hannah Rashkin, Maarten Sap, Chaitanya Malaviya, Asli Celikyilmaz, Yejin Choi
      We present the first comprehensive study on automatic knowledge base construction for two prevalent commonsense knowledge graphs: ATOMIC (Sap et al., 2019) and ConceptNet (Speer et al., 2017). Contrary to many conventional KBs that store knowledge with canonical templates, commonsense KBs only…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Maarten Sap, Dallas Card, Saadia Gabriel, Yejin Choi, Noah A. Smith
      We investigate how annotators’ insensitivity to differences in dialect can lead to racial bias in automatic hate speech detection models, potentially amplifying harm against minority populations. We first uncover unexpected correlations between surface markers of African American English (AAE) and…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Rowan Zellers, Ari Holtzman, Yonatan Bisk, Ali Farhadi, Yejin Choi
      Recent work by Zellers et al. (2018) introduced a new task of commonsense natural language inference: given an event description such as "A woman sits at a piano," a machine must select the most likely followup: "She sets her fingers on the keys." With the introduction of BERT, near human-level…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Sewon Min, Eric Wallace, Sameer Singh, Matt Gardner, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Luke Zettlemoyer
      Multi-hop reading comprehension (RC) questions are challenging because they require reading and reasoning over multiple paragraphs. We argue that it can be difficult to construct large multi-hop RC datasets. For example, even highly compositional questions can be answered with a single hop if they…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Peter Clark, Oren Etzioni, Daniel Khashabi, Tushar Khot, Bhavana Dalvi Mishra, Kyle Richardson, Ashish Sabharwal, Carissa Schoenick, Oyvind Tafjord, Niket Tandon, Sumithra Bhakthavatsalam, Dirk Groeneveld, Michal Guerquin, Michael Schmitz
      AI has achieved remarkable mastery over games such as Chess, Go, and Poker, and even Jeopardy!, but the rich variety of standardized exams has remained a landmark challenge. Even in 2016, the best AI system achieved merely 59.3% on an 8th Grade science exam challenge (Schoenick et al., 2016). This…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Mor Geva, Yoav Goldberg, Jonathan Berant
      Crowdsourcing has been the prevalent paradigm for creating natural language understanding datasets in recent years. A common crowdsourcing practice is to recruit a small number of high-quality workers, and have them massively generate examples. Having only a few workers generate the majority of…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Dongfang Xu, Peter Jansen, Jaycie Martin, Zhengnan Xie, Vikas Yadav, Harish Tayyar Madabushi, Oyvind Tafjord, Peter Clark
      Prior work has demonstrated that question classification (QC), recognizing the problem domain of a question, can help answer it more accurately. However, developing strong QC algorithms has been hindered by the limited size and complexity of annotated data available. To address this, we present the…  (More)
    • ACL • RepL4NLP 2019
      Matthew E. Peters, Sebastian Ruder, Noah A. Smith
      While most previous work has focused on different pretraining objectives and architectures for transfer learning, we ask how to best adapt the pretrained model to a given target task. We focus on the two most common forms of adaptation, feature extraction (where the pretrained weights are frozen…  (More)
    • ACL • BioNLP Workshop 2019
      Mark Neumann, Daniel King, Iz Beltagy, Waleed Ammar
      Despite recent advances in natural language processing, many statistical models for processing text perform extremely poorly under domain shift. Processing biomedical and clinical text is a critically important application area of natural language processing, for which there are few robust…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Alon Talmor, Jonathan Berant
      A large number of reading comprehension (RC) datasets has been created recently, but little analysis has been done on whether they generalize to one another, and the extent to which existing datasets can be leveraged for improving performance on new ones. In this paper, we conduct such an…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Ben Bogin, Jonathan Berant, Matt Gardner
      Research on parsing language to SQL has largely ignored the structure of the database (DB) schema, either because the DB was very simple, or because it was observed at both training and test time. In SPIDER, a recently-released text-to-SQL dataset, new and complex DBs are given at test time, and so…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Gabriel Stanovsky, Noah A. Smith, Luke Zettlemoyer
      We present the first challenge set and evaluation protocol for the analysis of gender bias in machine translation (MT). Our approach uses two recent coreference resolution datasets composed of English sentences which cast participants into non-stereotypical gender roles (e.g., "The doctor asked the…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Roy Schwartz, Jesse Dodge, Noah A. Smith, Oren Etzioni
      The computations required for deep learning research have been doubling every few months, resulting in an estimated 300,000x increase from 2012 to 2018 [2]. These computations have a surprisingly large carbon footprint [38]. Ironically, deep learning was inspired by the human brain, which is…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Keisuke Sakaguchi, Ronan Le Bras, Chandra Bhagavatula, Yejin Choi
      The Winograd Schema Challenge (WSC), proposed by Levesque et al. (2011) as an alternative to the Turing Test, was originally designed as a pronoun resolution problem that cannot be solved based on statistical patterns in large text corpora. However, recent studies suggest that current WSC datasets…  (More)
    • UAI 2019
      Jonathan Kuck, Tri Dao, Yuanrun Zheng, Burak Bartan, Ashish Sabharwal, Stefano Ermon
      Randomized hashing algorithms have seen recent success in providing bounds on the model count of a propositional formula. These methods repeatedly check the satisfiability of a formula subject to increasingly stringent random constraints. Key to these approaches is the choice of a fixed family of…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Souvik Kundu, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, Peter Clark
      We propose a novel, path-based reasoning approach for the multi-hop reading comprehension task where a system needs to combine facts from multiple passages to answer a question. Although inspired by multi-hop reasoning over knowledge graphs, our proposed approach operates directly over unstructured…  (More)
    • JAMA 2019
      Sergey Feldman, Waleed Ammar, Kyle Lo, Elly Trepman, Madeleine van Zuylen, Oren Etzioni
      Importance: Analyses of female representation in clinical studies have been limited in scope and scale. Objective: To perform a large-scale analysis of global enrollment sex bias in clinical studies. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this cross-sectional study, clinical studies from published…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Saadia Gabriel, Antoine Bosselut, Ari Holtzman, Kyle Lo, Asli Çelikyilmaz, Yejin Choi
      We introduce Cooperative Generator-Discriminator Networks (Co-opNet), a general framework for abstractive summarization with distinct modeling of the narrative flow in the output summary. Most current approaches to abstractive summarization, in contrast, are based on datasets whose target summaries…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Andrew Pau Hoang, Antoine Bosselut, Asli Çelikyilmaz, Yejin Choi
      Large-scale learning of transformer language models has yielded improvements on a variety of natural language understanding tasks. Whether they can be effectively adapted for summarization, however, has been less explored, as the learned representations are less seamlessly integrated into existing…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Lucy Lu Wang, Gabriel Stanovsky, Luca Weihs, Oren Etzioni
      A comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of Computer Science literature (2.87 million papers through 2018) reveals that, if current trends continue, parity between the number of male and female authors will not be reached in this century. Under our most optimistic projection models, gender parity is…  (More)
    • CVPR 2019
      Kenneth Marino, Mohammad Rastegari, Ali Farhadi, Roozbeh Mottaghi
      Visual Question Answering (VQA) in its ideal form lets us study reasoning in the joint space of vision and language and serves as a proxy for the AI task of scene understanding. However, most VQA benchmarks to date are focused on questions such as simple counting, visual attributes, and object…  (More)
    • CVPR 2019
      Sachin Mehta, Mohammad Rastegari, Linda Shapiro, Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      We introduce a light-weight, power efficient, and general purpose convolutional neural network, ESPNetv2 , for modeling visual and sequential data. Our network uses group point-wise and depth-wise dilated separable convolutions to learn representations from a large effective receptive field with…  (More)
    • CVPR 2019
      Mohammad Mahdi Derakhshani, Saeed Masoudnia, Amir Hossein Shaker, Omid Mersa, Mohammad Amin Sadeghi, Mohammad Rastegari, Babak N. Araabi
      We present a simple and effective learning technique that significantly improves mAP of YOLO object detectors without compromising their speed. During network training, we carefully feed in localization information. We excite certain activations in order to help the network learn to better localize…  (More)
    • CVPR 2019
      Unnat Jain, Luca Weihs, Eric Kolve, Mohammad Rastegari, Svetlana Lazebnik, Ali Farhadi, Alexander Schwing, Aniruddha Kembhavi
      Collaboration is a necessary skill to perform tasks that are beyond one agent's capabilities. Addressed extensively in both conventional and modern AI, multi-agent collaboration has often been studied in the context of simple grid worlds. We argue that there are inherently visual aspects to…  (More)
    • CVPR 2019
      Huiyu Wang, Aniruddha Kembhavi, Ali Farhadi, Alan Loddon Yuille, Mohammad Rastegari
      Scale variation has been a challenge from traditional to modern approaches in computer vision. Most solutions to scale issues have similar theme: a set of intuitive and manually designed policies that are generic and fixed (e.g. SIFT or feature pyramid). We argue that the scale policy should be…  (More)
    • CVPR 2019
      Yao-Hung Tsai, Santosh Divvala, Louis-Philippe Morency, Ruslan Salakhutdinov and Ali Farhadi
      Visual relationship reasoning is a crucial yet challenging task for understanding rich interactions across visual concepts. For example, a relationship \{man, open, door\} involves a complex relation \{open\} between concrete entities \{man, door\}. While much of the existing work has studied this…  (More)
    • CVPR 2019
      Mitchell Wortsman, Kiana Ehsani, Mohammad Rastegari, Ali Farhadi, Roozbeh Mottaghi
      Learning is an inherently continuous phenomenon. When humans learn a new task there is no explicit distinction between training and inference. After we learn a task, we keep learning about it while performing the task. What we learn and how we learn it varies during different stages of learning…  (More)
    • CVPR 2019
      Rowan Zellers, Yonatan Bisk, Ali Farhadi, Yejin Choi
      Visual understanding goes well beyond object recognition. With one glance at an image, we can effortlessly imagine the world beyond the pixels: for instance, we can infer people’s actions, goals, and mental states. While this task is easy for humans, it is tremendously difficult for today’s vision…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Robert L. Logan IV, Nelson F. Liu, Matthew E. Peters, Matt Gardner, Sameer Singh
      Modeling human language requires the ability to not only generate fluent text but also encode factual knowledge. However, traditional language models are only capable of remembering facts seen at training time, and often have difficulty recalling them. To address this, we introduce the knowledge…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Elizabeth Clark, Asli Çelikyilmaz, Noah A. Smith
      For evaluating machine-generated texts, automatic methods hold the promise of avoiding collection of human judgments, which can be expensive and time-consuming. The most common automatic metrics, like BLEU and ROUGE, depend on exact word matching, an inflexible approach for measuring semantic…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Sofia Serrano, Noah A. Smith
      Attention mechanisms have recently boosted performance on a range of NLP tasks. Because attention layers explicitly weight input components' representations, it is also often assumed that attention can be used to identify information that models found important (e.g., specific contextualized word…  (More)
    • ACL 2019
      Suchin Gururangan, Tam Dang, Dallas Card, Noah A. Smith
      We introduce VAMPIRE, a lightweight pretraining framework for effective text classification when data and computing resources are limited. We pretrain a unigram document model as a variational autoencoder on in-domain, unlabeled data and use its internal states as features in a downstream…  (More)
    • NAACL-HLT 2019
      Xinya Du, Bhavana Dalvi Mishra, Niket Tandon, Antoine Bosselut, Wen-tau Yih, Peter Clark, Claire Cardie
      Our goal is procedural text comprehension, namely tracking how the properties of entities (e.g., their location) change with time given a procedural text (e.g., a paragraph about photosynthesis, a recipe). This task is challenging as the world is changing throughout the text, and despite recent…  (More)
    • NAACL-HLT 2019
      Dheeru Dua, Yizhong Wang, Pradeep Dasigi, Gabriel Stanovsky, Sameer Singh, Matt Gardner
      Reading comprehension has recently seen rapid progress, with systems matching humans on the most popular datasets for the task. However, a large body of work has highlighted the brittleness of these systems, showing that there is much work left to be done. We introduce a new English reading…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Yonatan Bisk, Jan Buys, Karl Pichotta, Yejin Choi
    • NAACL 2019
      Pradeep Dasigi, Matt Gardner, Shikhar Murty, Luke Zettlemoyer, Ed Hovy
      Training semantic parsers from question-answer pairs typically involves searching over an exponentially large space of logical forms, and an unguided search can easily be misled by spurious logical forms that coincidentally evaluate to the correct answer. We propose a novel iterative training…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      ida Amini, Saadia Gabriel, Peter Lin, Rik Koncel-Kedziorski, Yejin Choi, Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      We introduce a large-scale dataset of math word problems and an interpretable neural math problem solver by learning to map problems to their operation programs. Due to annotation challenges, current datasets in this domain have been either relatively small in scale or did not offer precise…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Hila Gonen, Yoav Goldberg
      Word embeddings are widely used in NLP for a vast range of tasks. It was shown that word embeddings derived from text corpora reflect gender biases in society. This phenomenon is pervasive and consistent across different word embedding models, causing serious concern. Several recent works tackle…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Nelson F. Liu, Roy Schwartz, Noah Smith
      Several datasets have recently been constructed to expose brittleness in models trained on existing benchmarks. While model performance on these challenge datasets is significantly lower compared to the original benchmark, it is unclear what particular weaknesses they reveal. For example, a…  (More)
    • Award Best Resource Paper
      NAACL 2019
      Alon Talmor, Jonathan Herzig, Nicholas Lourie, Jonathan Berant
      When answering a question, people often draw upon their rich world knowledge in addition to the particular context. Recent work has focused primarily on answering questions given some relevant document or context, and required very little general background. To investigate question answering with…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Amit Mor-Yosef, Ido Dagan, Yoav Goldberg
      Data-to-text generation can be conceptually divided into two parts: ordering and structuring the information (planning), and generating fluent language describing the information (realization). Modern neural generation systems conflate these two steps into a single end-to-end differentiable system…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Noa Yehezkel, Jacob Goldberger, Yoav Goldberg
      The problem of learning to translate between two vector spaces given a set of aligned points arises in several application areas of NLP. Current solutions assume that the lexicon which defines the alignment pairs is noise-free. We consider the case where the set of aligned points is allowed to…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Arman Cohan, Waleed Ammar, Madeleine van Zuylen, Field Cady
      Identifying the intent of a citation in scientific papers (e.g., background information, use of methods, comparing results) is critical for machine reading of individual publications and automated analysis of the scientific literature. We propose a multitask approach to incorporate information in…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Or Gorodissky, Yoav Chai, Yotam Gil, Jonathan Berant
      We show that a neural network can learn to imitate the optimization process performed by white-box attack in a much more efficient manner. We train a black-box attack through this imitation process and show our attack is 19x-39x faster than the white-box attack and also that we can perform a black…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Iz Beltagy, Kyle Lo, Waleed Ammar
      In relation extraction with distant supervision, noisy labels make it difficult to train quality models. Previous neural models addressed this problem using an attention mechanism that attends to sentences that are likely to express the relations. We improve such models by combining the distant…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Yi Luan, Dave Wadden, Luheng He, Mari Ostendorf, Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      We introduce a general framework for several information extraction tasks that share span representations using dynamically constructed span graphs. The graphs are dynamically constructed by selecting the most confident entity spans and linking these nodes with confidence-weighted relation types…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Rik Koncel-Kedziorski, Dhanush Bekal, Yi Luan, Mirella Lapata, Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      Generating texts which express complex ideas spanning multiple sentences requires a structured representation of their content (document plan), but these representations are prohibitively expensive to manually produce. In this work, we address the problem of generating coherent multi-sentence texts…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Harsh Trivedi, Heeyoung Kwon, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, Niranjan Balasubramanian
      Question Answering (QA) naturally reduces to an entailment problem, namely, verifying whether some text entails the answer to a question. However, for multi-hop QA tasks, which require reasoning with multiple sentences, it remains unclear how best to utilize entailment models pre-trained on large…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Phoebe Mulcaire, Jungo Kasai, Noah A. Smith
      We introduce a method to produce multilingual contextual word representations by training a single language model on text from multiple languages. Our method combines the advantages of contextual word representations with those of multilingual representation learning. We produce language models…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Nelson F. Liu, Matt Gardner, Yonatan Belinkov, Matthew Peters, Noah A. Smith
      Contextual word representations derived from large-scale neural language models are successful across a diverse set of NLP tasks, suggesting that they encode useful and transferable features of language. To shed light on the linguistic knowledge they capture, we study the representations produced…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Mor Geva, Eric Malmi, Idan Szpektor, Jonathan Berant
      Sentence fusion is the task of joining several independent sentences into a single coherent text. Current datasets for sentence fusion are small and insufficient for training modern neural models. In this paper, we propose a method for automatically-generating fusion examples from raw text and…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Guy Tevet, Gavriel Habib, Vered Shwartz, Jonathan Berant
      Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are a promising approach for text generation that, unlike traditional language models (LM), does not suffer from the problem of “exposure bias”. However, A major hurdle for understanding the potential of GANs for text generation is the lack of a clear…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Dor Muhlgay, Jonathan Herzig, Jonathan Berant
      Training models to map natural language instructions to programs given target world supervision only requires searching for good programs at training time. Search is commonly done using beam search in the space of partial programs or program trees, but as the length of the instructions grows…  (More)
    • NAACL 2019
      Shauli Ravfogel, Yoav Goldberg, Tal Linzen
      How do typological properties such as word order and morphological case marking affect the ability of neural sequence models to acquire the syntax of a language? Cross-linguistic comparisons of RNNs' syntactic performance (e.g., on subject-verb agreement prediction) are complicated by the fact that…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Rowan Zellers, Ari Holtzman, Hannah Rashkin, Yonatan Bisk, Ali Farhadi, Franziska Roesner, Yejin Choi
      Recent progress in natural language generation has raised dual-use concerns. While applications like summarization and translation are positive, the underlying technology also might enable adversaries to generate neural fake news: targeted propaganda that closely mimics the style of real news…  (More)
    • ICLR 2019
      Hsin-Yuan Huang, Eunsol Choi, Wen-tau Yih
      Conversational machine comprehension requires a deep understanding of the conversation history. To enable traditional, single-turn models to encode the history comprehensively, we introduce Flow, a mechanism that can incorporate intermediate representations generated during the process of answering…  (More)
    • ICLR 2019
      Alon Jacovi, Guy Hadash, Einat Kermany, Boaz Carmeli, Ofer Lavi, George Kour, Jonathan Berant
      Deep neural networks work well at approximating complicated functions when provided with data and trained by gradient descent methods. At the same time, there is a vast amount of existing functions that programmatically solve different tasks in a precise manner eliminating the need for training. In…  (More)
    • ICLR 2019
      Wei Yang, Xiaolong Wang, Ali Farhadi, Abhinav Gupta, Roozbeh Mottaghi
      How do humans navigate to target objects in novel scenes? Do we use the semantic/functional priors we have built over years to efficiently search and navigate? For example, to search for mugs, we search cabinets near the coffee machine and for fruits we try the fridge. In this work, we focus on…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Ari Holtzman, Jan Buys, Maxwell Forbes, Yejin Choi
      Despite considerable advancements with deep neural language models, the enigma of neural text degeneration persists when these models are tested as text generators. The counter-intuitive empirical observation is that even though the use of likelihood as training objective leads to high quality…  (More)
    • AAAI 2019
      Maarten Sap, Ronan LeBras, Emily Allaway, Chandra Bhagavatula, Nicholas Lourie, Hannah Rashkin, Brendan Roof, Noah A. Smith, Yejin Choi
      We present ATOMIC, an atlas of everyday commonsense reasoning, organized through 877k textual descriptions of inferential knowledge. Compared to existing resources that center around taxonomic knowledge, ATOMIC focuses on inferential knowledge organized as typed if-then relations with variables (e…  (More)
    • AAAI 2019
      Arindam Mitra, Peter Clark, Oyvind Tafjord, Chitta Baral
      While in recent years machine learning (ML) based approaches have been the popular approach in developing end-to-end question answering systems, such systems often struggle when additional knowledge is needed to correctly answer the questions. Proposed alternatives involve translating the question…  (More)
    • AAAI 2019
      Oyvind Tafjord, Peter Clark, Matt Gardner, Wen-tau Yih, Ashish Sabharwal
      Many natural language questions require recognizing and reasoning with qualitative relationships (e.g., in science, economics, and medicine), but are challenging to answer with corpus-based methods. Qualitative modeling provides tools that support such reasoning, but the semantic parsing task of…  (More)
    • arXiv 2019
      Daniel Khashabi, Erfan Sadeqi Azer, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, Dan Roth
      Recent systems for natural language understanding are strong at overcoming linguistic variability for lookup style reasoning. Yet, their accuracy drops dramatically as the number of reasoning steps increases. We present the first formal framework to study such empirical observations, addressing the…  (More)
    • NeurIPS 2018
      Yexiang Xue, Yang Yuan, Zhitian Xu, Ashish Sabharwal
      Neural models operating over structured spaces such as knowledge graphs require a continuous embedding of the discrete elements of this space (such as entities) as well as the relationships between them. Relational embeddings with high expressivity, however, have high model complexity, making them…  (More)
    • NeurIPS 2018
      Roei Herzig, Moshiko Raboh, Gal Chechik, Jonathan Berant, Amir Globerson
      Machine understanding of complex images is a key goal of artificial intelligence. One challenge underlying this task is that visual scenes contain multiple inter-related objects, and that global context plays an important role in interpreting the scene. A natural modeling framework for capturing…  (More)
    • NeurIPS 2018
      Chen Liang, Mohammad Norouzi, Jonathan Berant, Quoc Le, Ni Lao
      This paper presents Memory Augmented Policy Optimization (MAPO): a novel policy optimization formulation that incorporates a memory buffer of promising trajectories to reduce the variance of policy gradient estimates for deterministic environments with discrete actions. The formulation expresses…  (More)
    • EMNLP • Workshop: Analyzing and interpreting neural networks for NLP 2018
      Alon Jacovi, Oren Sar Shalom, Yoav Goldberg
      We present an analysis into the inner workings of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) for processing text. CNNs used for computer vision can be interpreted by projecting filters into image space, but for discrete sequence inputs CNNs remain a mystery. We aim to understand the method by which the…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Yang Liu, Matt Gardner, Mirella Lapata
      Many tasks in natural language processing involve comparing two sentences to compute some notion of relevance, entailment, or similarity. Typically this comparison is done either at the word level or at the sentence level, with no attempt to leverage the inherent structure of the sentence. When…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Gabriel Stanovsky, Mark Hopkins
      We propose Odd-Man-Out, a novel task which aims to test different properties of word representations. An Odd-Man-Out puzzle is composed of 5 (or more) words, and requires the system to choose the one which does not belong with the others. We show that this simple setup is capable of teasing out…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Jonathan Herzig, Jonathan Berant
      Building a semantic parser quickly in a new domain is a fundamental challenge for conversational interfaces, as current semantic parsers require expensive supervision and lack the ability to generalize to new domains. In this paper, we introduce a zero-shot approach to semantic parsing that can…  (More)
    • EMNLP • Workshop: Analyzing and interpreting neural networks for NLP 2018
      Shauli Ravfogel, Francis M. Tyers, Yoav Goldberg
      Sequential neural networks models are powerful tools in a variety of Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks. The sequential nature of these models raises the questions: to what extent can these models implicitly learn hierarchical structures typical to human language, and what kind of grammatical…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Yanai Elazar, Yoav Goldberg
      Recent advances in Representation Learning and Adversarial Training seem to succeed in removing unwanted features from the learned representation. We show that demographic information of authors is encoded in—and can be recovered from—the intermediate representations learned by text-based neural…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Asaf Amrami, Yoav Goldberg
      An established method for Word Sense Induction (WSI) uses a language model to predict probable substitutes for target words, and induces senses by clustering these resulting substitute vectors. We replace the ngram-based language model (LM) with a recurrent one. Beyond being more accurate, the use…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Todor Mihaylov, Peter Clark, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal
      We present a new kind of question answering dataset, OpenBookQA, modeled after open book exams for assessing human understanding of a subject. The open book that comes with our questions is a set of 1329 elementary level science facts. Roughly 6000 questions probe an understanding of these facts…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Niket Tandon, Bhavana Dalvi Mishra, Joel Grus, Wen-tau Yih, Antoine Bosselut, Peter Clark
      Comprehending procedural text, e.g., a paragraph describing photosynthesis, requires modeling actions and the state changes they produce, so that questions about entities at different timepoints can be answered. Although several recent systems have shown impressive progress in this task, their…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Ge Gao, Eunsol Choi, Yejin Choi and Luke Zettlemoyer
      We present end-to-end neural models for detecting metaphorical word use in context. We show that relatively standard BiLSTM models which operate on complete sentences work well in this setting, in comparison to previous work that used more restricted forms of linguistic context. These models…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Eunsol Choi, He He, Mohit Iyyer, Mark Yatskar, Wen-tau Yih, Yejin Choi, Percy Liang and Luke Zettlemoyer
      We present QuAC, a dataset for Question Answering in Context that contains 14K information-seeking QA dialogs (100K questions in total). The dialogs involve two crowd workers: (1) a student who poses a sequence of freeform questions to learn as much as possible about a hidden Wikipedia text, and (2…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Rowan Zellers, Yonatan Bisk, Roy Schwartz, and Yejin Choi
      Given a partial description like"she opened the hood of the car,"humans can reason about the situation and anticipate what might come next ("then, she examined the engine"). In this paper, we introduce the task of grounded commonsense inference, unifying natural language inference and commonsense…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Dipendra Misra, Ming-Wei Chang, Xiaodong He, Wen-tau Yih
      Semantic parsing from denotations faces two key challenges in model training: (1) given only the denotations (e.g., answers), search for good candidate semantic parses, and (2) choose the best model update algorithm. We propose effective and general solutions to each of them. Using policy shaping…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Dongyeop Kang, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal and Peter Clark
      Most textual entailment models focus on lexical gaps between the premise text and the hypothesis, but rarely on knowledge gaps. We focus on filling these knowledge gaps in the Science Entailment task, by leveraging an external structured knowledge base (KB) of science facts. Our new architecture…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Hao Peng, Roy Schwartz, Sam Thomson, and Noah A. Smith
      Despite the tremendous empirical success of neural models in natural language processing, many of them lack the strong intuitions that accompany classical machine learning approaches. Recently, connections have been shown between convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and weighted finite state…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Swabha Swayamdipta, Sam Thomson, Kenton Lee, Luke Zettlemoyer, Chris Dyer, and Noah A. Smith
      We introduce the syntactic scaffold, an approach to incorporating syntactic information into semantic tasks. Syntactic scaffolds avoid expensive syntactic processing at runtime, only making use of a treebank during training, through a multitask objective. We improve over strong baselines on…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Jiateng Xie, Zhilin Yang, Graham Neubig, Noah A. Smith, Jaime Carbonell
      For languages with no annotated resources, unsupervised transfer of natural language processing models such as named-entity recognition (NER) from resource-rich languages would be an appealing capability. However, differences in words and word order across languages make it a challenging problem…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Matthew Peters, Mark Neumann, Wen-tau Yih, and Luke Zettlemoyer
      Contextual word representations derived from pre-trained bidirectional language models (biLMs) have recently been shown to provide significant improvements to the state of the art for a wide range of NLP tasks. However, many questions remain as to how and why these models are so effective. In this…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2018
      Michael Petrochuk, Luke Zettlemoyer
      The SimpleQuestions dataset is one of the most commonly used benchmarks for studying single-relation factoid questions. In this paper, we present new evidence that this benchmark can be nearly solved by standard methods. First we show that ambiguity in the data bounds performance on this benchmark…  (More)
    • UAI 2018
      Ashish Sabharwal, Yexiang Xue
      We propose a new algorithm for computing a constant-factor approximation of precision-recall (PR) curves for massive noisy datasets produced by generative models. Assessing validity of items in such datasets requires human annotation, which is costly and must be minimized. Our algorithm, AdaStrat…  (More)
    • ArXiv 2018
      Sergey Feldman, Kyle Lo, Waleed Ammar
      We explore the degree to which papers prepublished on arXiv garner more citations, in an attempt to paint a sharper picture of fairness issues related to prepublishing. A paper’s citation count is estimated using a negative-binomial generalized linear model (GLM) while observing a binary variable…  (More)
    • NAACL-HLT 2018
      Waleed Ammar, Dirk Groeneveld, Chandra Bhagavatula, Iz Beltagy, Miles Crawford, Doug Downey, Jason Dunkelberger, Ahmed Elgohary, Sergey Feldman, Vu Ha, Rodney Kinney, Sebastian Kohlmeier, Kyle Lo, Tyler Murray, Hsu-Han Ooi, Matthew E. Peters, et al.
      We describe a deployed scalable system for organizing published scientific literature into a heterogeneous graph to facilitate algorithmic manipulation and discovery. The resulting literature graph consists of more than 280M nodes, representing papers, authors, entities and various interactions…  (More)
    • ACL 2018
      Vidur Joshi, Matthew Peters, and Mark Hopkins
      We revisit domain adaptation for parsers in the neural era. First we show that recent advances in word representations greatly diminish the need for domain adaptation when the target domain is syntactically similar to the source domain. As evidence, we train a parser on the Wall Street Jour- nal…  (More)
    • ACL • NLP OSS Workshop 2018
      Matt Gardner, Joel Grus, Mark Neumann, Oyvind Tafjord, Pradeep Dasigi, Nelson Liu, Matthew Peters, Michael Schmitz, Luke Zettlemoyer
      This paper describes AllenNLP, a platform for research on deep learning methods in natural language understanding. AllenNLP is designed to support researchers who want to build novel language understanding models quickly and easily. It is built on top of PyTorch, allowing for dynamic computation…  (More)
    • ACL 2018
      Maarten Sap, Hannah Rashkin, Emily Allaway, Noah A. Smith and Yejin Choi
      We investigate a new commonsense inference task: given an event described in a short free-form text (“X drinks coffee in the morning”), a system reasons about the likely intents (“X wants to stay awake”) and reactions (“X feels alert”) of the event’s participants. To support this study, we…  (More)
    • ACL 2018
      Eunsol Choi, Omer Levy, Yejin Choi and Luke Zettlemoyer
      We introduce a new entity typing task: given a sentence with an entity mention, the goal is to predict a set of free-form phrases (e.g. skyscraper, songwriter, or criminal) that describe appropriate types for the target entity. This formulation allows us to use a new type of distant supervision at…  (More)
    • ACL 2018
      Ari Holtzman, Jan Buys, Maxwell Forbes, Antoine Bosselut, David Golub and Yejin Choi
      Despite their local fluency, long-form text generated from RNNs is often generic, repetitive, and even self-contradictory. We propose a unified learning framework that collectively addresses all the above issues by composing a committee of discriminators that can guide a base RNN generator towards…  (More)
    • ACL 2018
      Hannah Rashkin, Antoine Bosselut, Maarten Sap, Kevin Knight and Yejin Choi
      Understanding a narrative requires reading between the lines and reasoning about the unspoken but obvious implications about events and people’s mental states — a capability that is trivial for humans but remarkably hard for machines. To facilitate research addressing this challenge, we introduce a…  (More)
    • Award Best Paper Award
      ACL • RepL4NLP Workshop 2018
      Nelson F. Liu, Omer Levy, Roy Schwartz, Chenhao Tan, Noah A. Smith
      While recurrent neural networks have found success in a variety of natural language processing applications, they are general models of sequential data. We investigate how the properties of natural language data affect an LSTM's ability to learn a nonlinguistic task: recalling elements from its…  (More)
    • ACL 2018
      Christopher Clark and Matt Gardner
      We consider the problem of adapting neural paragraph-level question answering models to the case where entire documents are given as input. Our proposed solution trains models to produce well calibrated confidence scores for their results on individual paragraphs. We sample multiple paragraphs from…  (More)
    • CVPR 2018 Video
      Daniel Gordon, Aniruddha Kembhavi, Mohammad Rastegari, Joseph Redmon, Dieter Fox, Ali Farhadi
      We introduce Interactive Question Answering (IQA), the task of answering questions that require an autonomous agent to interact with a dynamic visual environment. IQA presents the agent with a scene and a question, like: “Are there any apples in the fridge?” The agent must navigate around the scene…  (More)
    • CVPR 2018
      Aishwarya Agrawal, Dhruv Batra, Devi Parikh, Aniruddha Kembhavi
      A number of studies have found that today’s Visual Question Answering (VQA) models are heavily driven by superficial correlations in the training data and lack sufficient image grounding. To encourage development of models geared towards the latter, we propose a new setting for VQA where for every…  (More)
    • ACL 2018
      Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal and Dongyeop Kang
      We consider the problem of learning textual entailment models with limited supervision (5K-10K training examples), and present two complementary approaches for it. First, we propose knowledge-guided adversarial example generators for incorporating large lexical resources in entailment models via…  (More)
    • CVPR 2018
      Gunnar Sigurdsson, Cordelia Schmid, Ali Farhadi, Abhinav Gupta, Karteek Alahari
      Several theories in cognitive neuroscience suggest that when people interact with the world, or simulate interactions, they do so from a first-person egocentric perspective, and seamlessly transfer knowledge between third-person (observer) and first-person (actor). Despite this, learning such…  (More)
    • ECCV 2018
      Sachin Mehta, Mohammad Rastegari, Anat Caspi, Linda Shapiro, and Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      We introduce a fast and efficient convolutional neural network, ESPNet, for semantic segmentation of high resolution images under resource constraints. ESPNet is based on a new convolutional module, efficient spatial pyramid (ESP), which is efficient in terms of computation, memory, and power…  (More)
    • ECCV 2018
      Krishna Kumar Singh, Santosh Kumar Divvala, Ali Farhadi, and Yong Jae Lee
      We propose the idea of transferring common-sense knowledge from source categories to target categories for scalable object detection. In our setting, the training data for the source categories have bounding box annotations, while those for the target categories only have image-level annotations…  (More)
    • ECCV 2018 Video
      Tanmay Gupta, Dustin Schwenk, Ali Farhadi, Derek Hoiem, and Aniruddha Kembhavi
      Imagining a scene described in natural language with realistic layout and appearance of entities is the ultimate test of spatial, visual, and semantic world knowledge. Towards this goal, we present the Composition, Retrieval and Fusion Network (Craft), a model capable of learning this knowledge…  (More)
    • Award Best Paper Award
      NAACL 2018
      Matthew E. Peters, Mark Neumann, Mohit Iyyer, Matt Gardner, Christopher Clark, Kenton Lee, Luke Zettlemoyer
      We introduce a new type of deep contextualized word representation that models both (1) complex characteristics of word use (e.g., syntax and semantics), and (2) how these uses vary across linguistic contexts (i.e., to model polysemy). Our word vectors are learned functions of the internal states…  (More)
    • NAACL-HLT 2018
      Chandra Bhagavatula, Sergey Feldman, Russell Power, Waleed Ammar
      We present a content-based method for recommending citations in an academic paper draft. We embed a given query document into a vector space, then use its nearest neighbors as candidates, and rerank the candidates using a discriminative model trained to distinguish between observed and unobserved…  (More)
    • NAACL 2018
      Suchin Gururangan, Swabha Swayamdipta, Omer Levy, Roy Schwartz, Sam Bowman and Noah A. Smith
      Large-scale datasets for natural language inference are created by presenting crowd workers with a sentence (premise), and asking them to generate three new sentences (hypotheses) that it entails, contradicts, or is logically neutral with respect to. We show that, in a significant portion of such…  (More)
    • NAACL 2018
      Bhavana Dalvi, Lifu Huang, Niket Tandon, Wen-tau Yih, Peter Clark
      We present a new dataset and models for comprehending paragraphs about processes (e.g., photosynthesis), an important genre of text describing a dynamic world. The new dataset, ProPara, is the first to contain natural (rather than machine-generated) text about a changing world along with a full…  (More)
    • arXiv 2018
      Peter Clark, Bhavana Dalvi, Niket Tandon
      Our goal is to answer questions about paragraphs describing processes (e.g., photosynthesis). Texts of this genre are challenging because the effects of actions are often implicit (unstated), requiring background knowledge and inference to reason about the changing world states. To supply this…  (More)
    • NAACL-HLT 2018 Dataset
      Dongyeop Kang, Waleed Ammar, Bhavana Dalvi Mishra, Madeleine van Zuylen, Sebastian Kohlmeier, Eduard Hovy, Roy Schwartz
      Peer reviewing is a central component in the scientific publishing process. We present the first public dataset of scientific peer reviews available for research pur- poses (PeerRead v1), providing an opportunity to study this important artifact. The dataset consists of 14.7K paper drafts and the…  (More)
    • ACL 2018
      Roy Schwartz, Sam Thomson and Noah A. Smith
      Recurrent and convolutional neural networks comprise two distinct families of models that have proven to be useful for encoding natural language utterances. In this paper we present SoPa, a new model that aims to bridge these two approaches. SoPa combines neural representation learning with…  (More)
    • CVPR 2018
      Jonghyun Choi, Jayant Krishnamurthy, Aniruddha Kembhavi, Ali Farhadi
      Diagrams often depict complex phenomena and serve as a good test bed for visual and textual reasoning. However, understanding diagrams using natural image understanding approaches requires large training datasets of diagrams, which are very hard to obtain. Instead, this can be addressed as a…  (More)
    • CVPR 2018
      Kiana Ehsani, Hessam Bagherinezhad, Joe Redmon, Roozbeh Mottaghi, Ali Farhadi
      We study the task of directly modelling a visually intelligent agent. Computer vision typically focuses on solving various subtasks related to visual intelligence. We depart from this standard approach to computer vision; instead we directly model a visually intelligent agent. Our model takes…  (More)
    • CVPR 2018
      Kiana Ehsani, Roozbeh Mottaghi, Ali Farhadi
      Objects often occlude each other in scenes; Inferring their appearance beyond their visible parts plays an important role in scene understanding, depth estimation, object interaction and manipulation. In this paper, we study the challenging problem of completing the appearance of occluded objects…  (More)
    • CVPR 2018
      Rowan Zellers, Mark Yatskar, Sam Thomson, Yejin Choi
      We investigate the problem of producing structured graph representations of visual scenes. Our work analyzes the role of motifs: regularly appearing substructures in scene graphs. We present new quantitative insights on such repeated structures in the Visual Genome dataset. Our analysis shows that…  (More)
    • NAACL 2018
      Po-Sen Huang, Chenglong Wang, Rishabh Singh, Wen-tau Yih, Xiaodong He
      In conventional supervised training, a model is trained to fit all the training examples. However, having a monolithic model may not always be the best strategy, as examples could vary widely. In this work, we explore a different learning protocol that treats each example as a unique pseudo-task…  (More)
    • NAACL 2018
      Asli Celikyilmaz, Antoine Bosselut, Xiaodong He and Yejin Choi
      We present deep communicating agents in an encoder-decoder architecture to address the challenges of representing a long document for abstractive summarization. With deep communicating agents, the task of encoding a long text is divided across multiple collaborating agents, each in charge of a…  (More)
    • NAACL 2018
      Antoine Bosselut, Asli Celikyilmaz, Xiaodong He, Jianfeng Gao, Po-Sen Huang and Yejin Choi
      In this paper, we investigate the use of discourse-aware rewards with reinforcement learning to guide a model to generate long, coherent text. In particular, we propose to learn neural rewards to model cross-sentence ordering as a means to approximate desired discourse structure. Empirical results…  (More)
    • NAACL 2018
      Marjan Ghazvininejad, Yejin Choi and Kevin Knight
      We present the first neural poetry translation system. Unlike previous works that often fail to produce any translation for fixed rhyme and rhythm patterns, our system always translates a source text to an English poem. Human evaluation ranks translation quality as acceptable 78.2% of the time.
    • WSDM 2018
      Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury, Niket Tandon, Hakan Ferhatosmanoglu, Gerhard Weikum
      The social media explosion has populated the Internet with a wealth of images. There are two existing paradigms for image retrieval: 1)content-based image retrieval (BIR), which has traditionally used visual features for similarity search (e.g., SIFT features), and 2) tag-based image retrieval…  (More)
    • JCDL 2018
      Noah Siegel, Nicholas Lourie, Russell Power and Waleed Ammar
      Non-textual components such as charts, diagrams and tables provide key information in many scientific documents, but the lack of large labeled datasets has impeded the development of data-driven methods for scientific figure extraction. In this paper, we induce high-quality training labels for the…  (More)
    • ACL • Proceedings of the BioNLP 2018 Workshop 2018
      Lucy L. Wang, Chandra Bhagavatula, M. Neumann, Kyle Lo, Chris Wilhelm, Waleed Ammar
      Ontology alignment is the task of identifying semantically equivalent entities from two given ontologies. Different ontologies have different representations of the same entity, resulting in a need to de-duplicate entities when merging ontologies. We propose a method for enriching entities in an…  (More)
    • NAACL-HTL 2018
      Hao Fang, Hao Cheng, Maarten Sap, Elizabeth Clark, Ari Holtzman, Yejin Choi, Noah A. Smith, and Mari Ostendorf
      We present Sounding Board, a social chatbot that won the 2017 Amazon Alexa Prize. The system architecture consists of several components including spoken language processing, dialogue management, language generation, and content management, with emphasis on user-centric and content-driven design…  (More)
    • ICLR 2018 Podcast
      Antoine Bosselut, Omer Levy, Ari Holtzman, Corin Ennis, Dieter Fox, and Yejin Choi
      Understanding procedural language requires anticipating the causal effects of actions, even when they are not explicitly stated. In this work, we introduce Neural Process Networks to understand procedural text through (neural) simulation of action dynamics. Our model complements existing memory…  (More)
    • TACL 2018
      Hanie Sedghi and Ashish Sabharwal
      Given a knowledge base or KB containing (noisy) facts about common nouns or generics, such as "all trees produce oxygen" or "some animals live in forests", we consider the problem of inferring additional such facts at a precision similar to that of the starting KB. Such KBs capture general…  (More)
    • arXiv 2018
      Peter Clark, Isaac Cowhey, Oren Etzioni, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, Carissa Schoenick, Oyvind Tafjord
      We present a new question set, text corpus, and baselines assembled to encourage AI research in advanced question answering. Together, these constitute the AI2 Reasoning Challenge (ARC), which requires far more powerful knowledge and reasoning than previous challenges such as SQuAD or SNLI. The ARC…  (More)
    • AAAI 2018
      Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, and Peter Clark
      We present a new dataset and model for textual entailment, derived from treating multiple-choice question-answering as an entailment problem. SCITAIL is the first entailment set that is created solely from natural sentences that already exist independently "in the wild" rather than sentences…  (More)
    • AAAI 2018
      Daniel Khashabi, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, and Dan Roth
      We propose a novel method for exploiting the semantic structure of text to answer multiple-choice questions. The approach is especially suitable for domains that require reasoning over a diverse set of linguistic constructs but have limited training data. To address these challenges, we present the…  (More)
    • AAAI 2018
      Jonathan Kuck, Ashish Sabharwal, and Stefano Ermon
      Rademacher complexity is often used to characterize the learnability of a hypothesis class and is known to be related to the class size. We leverage this observation and introduce a new technique for estimating the size of an arbitrary weighted set, defined as the sum of weights of all elements in…  (More)
    • AAAI 2018
      Yonatan Bisk, Kevin J. Shih, Yejin Choi, and Daniel Marcu
      In this paper, we study the problem of mapping natural language instructions to complex spatial actions in a 3D blocks world. We first introduce a new dataset that pairs complex 3D spatial operations to rich natural language descriptions that require complex spatial and pragmatic interpretations…  (More)
    • SIGMOD Record 2017
      Niket Tandon, Aparna S. Varde, Gerard de Melo
      There is growing conviction that the future of computing depends on our ability to exploit big data on theWeb to enhance intelligent systems. This includes encyclopedic knowledge for factual details, common sense for human-like reasoning and natural language generation for smarter communication…  (More)
    • Award Best Paper Award
      EMNLP 2017
      Jieyu Zhao, Tianlu Wang, Mark Yatskar, Vicente Ordóñez, Kai-Wei Chang
      Language is increasingly being used to define rich visual recognition problems with supporting image collections sourced from the web. Structured prediction models are used in these tasks to take advantage of correlations between co-occurring labels and visual input but risk inadvertently encoding…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Matthew E. Peters, Waleed Ammar, Chandra Bhagavatula, and Russell Power
      Pre-trained word embeddings learned from unlabeled text have become a standard component of neural network architectures for NLP tasks. However, in most cases, the recurrent network that operates on word-level representations to produce context sensitive representations is trained on relatively…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, and Peter Clark
      While there has been substantial progress in factoid question-answering (QA), answering complex questions remains challenging, typically requiring both a large body of knowledge and inference techniques. Open Information Extraction (Open IE) provides a way to generate semi-structured knowledge for…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Niket Tandon, Gerard de Melo, and Gerhard Weikum
      Despite important progress in the area of intelligent systems, most such systems still lack commonsense knowledge that appears crucial for enabling smarter, more human-like decisions. In this paper, we present a system based on a series of algorithms to distill fine-grained disambiguated…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Srinivasan Iyer, Ioannis Konstas, Alvin Cheung, Jayant Krishnamurthy, and Luke Zettlemoyer
      We present an approach to rapidly and easily build natural language interfaces to databases for new domains, whose performance improves over time based on user feedback, and requires minimal intervention. To achieve this, we adapt neural sequence models to map utterances directly to SQL with its…  (More)
    • WWW 2017
      Cuong Xuan Chu, Niket Tandon, and Gerhard Weikum
      Knowledge graphs have become a fundamental asset for search engines. A fair amount of user queries seek information on problem-solving tasks such as building a fence or repairing a bicycle. However, knowledge graphs completely lack this kind of how-to knowledge. This paper presents a method for…  (More)
    • TACL 2017
      Bhavana Dalvi, Niket Tandon, and Peter Clark
      Our goal is to construct a domain-targeted, high precision knowledge base (KB), containing general (subject,predicate,object) statements about the world, in support of a downstream question-answering (QA) application. Despite recent advances in information extraction (IE) techniques, no suitable…  (More)
    • Journal of Ethics 2017
      Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni
      This article reviews the reasons scholars hold that driverless cars and many other AI equipped machines must be able to make ethical decisions, and the difficulties this approach faces. It then shows that cars have no moral agency, and that the term 'autonomous', commonly applied to these machines…  (More)
    • ICLR 2017
      Minjoon Seo, Aniruddha Kembhavi, Ali Farhadi, and Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      Machine comprehension (MC), answering a query about a given context paragraph, requires modeling complex interactions between the context and the query. Recently, attention mechanisms have been successfully extended to MC. Typically these methods use attention to focus on a small portion of the…  (More)
    • ICLR 2017
      Minjoon Seo, Sewon Min, Ali Farhadi, Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      In this paper, we study the problem of question answering when reasoning over multiple facts is required. We propose Query-Reduction Network (QRN), a variant of Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) that effectively handles both short-term (local) and long-term (global) sequential dependencies to reason…  (More)
    • WWW 2017
      Chenyan Xiong, Russell Power and Jamie Callan
      This paper introduces Explicit Semantic Ranking (ESR), a new ranking technique that leverages knowledge graph embedding. Analysis of the query log from our academic search engine, SemanticScholar.org, reveals that a major error source is its inability to understand the meaning of research concepts…  (More)
    • arXiv 2017 Slides
      Peter D. Turney
      While open-domain question answering (QA) systems have proven effective for answering simple questions, they struggle with more complex questions. Our goal is to answer more complex questions reliably, without incurring a significant cost in knowledge resource construction to support the QA. One…  (More)
    • ICRA 2017
      Yuke Zhu, Roozbeh Mottaghi, Eric Kolve, Joseph Lim, Abhinav Gupta, Fei-Fei Li, and Ali Farhadi
      Two less addressed issues of deep reinforcement learning are (1) lack of generalization capability to new goals, and (2) data inefficiency, i.e., the model requires several (and often costly) episodes of trial and error to converge, which makes it impractical to be applied to real-world scenarios…  (More)
    • CVPR 2017
      Gunnar A Sigurdsson, Santosh Divvala, Ali Farhadi, and Abhinav Gupta
      Actions are more than just movements and trajectories: we cook to eat and we hold a cup to drink from it. A thorough understanding of videos requires going beyond appearance modeling and necessitates reasoning about the sequence of activities, as well as the higher-level constructs such as…  (More)
    • CVPR 2017
      Aniruddha Kembhavi, Minjoon Seo, Dustin Schwenk, Jonghyun Choi, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, and Ali Farhadi
      We introduce the task of Multi-Modal Machine Comprehension (M3C), which aims at answering multimodal questions given a context of text, diagrams and images. We present the Textbook Question Answering (TQA) dataset that includes 1,076 lessons and 26,260 multi-modal questions, taken from middle…  (More)
    • CVPR 2017
      Mark Yatskar, Vicente Ordonez, Luke Zettlemoyer, and Ali Farhadi
      Semantic sparsity is a common challenge in structured visual classification problems; when the output space is complex, the vast majority of the possible predictions are rarely, if ever, seen in the training set. This paper studies semantic sparsity in situation recognition, the task of producing…  (More)
    • CVPR 2017
      Hessam Bagherinezhad, Mohammad Rastegari, and Ali Farhadi
      Porting state of the art deep learning algorithms to resource constrained compute platforms (e.g. VR, AR, wearables) is extremely challenging. We propose a fast, compact, and accurate model for convolutional neural networks that enables efficient learning and inference. We introduce LCNN, a lookup…  (More)
    • Award Best Paper Honorable Mention
      CVPR 2017
      Joseph Redmon and Ali Farhadi
      We introduce YOLO9000, a state-of-the-art, real-time object detection system that can detect over 9000 object categories. First we propose various improvements to the YOLO detection method, both novel and drawn from prior work. The improved model, YOLOv2, is state-of-the-art on standard detection…  (More)
    • SemEval 2017
      Waleed Ammar, Matthew E. Peters, Chandra Bhagavatula, and Russell Power
      This paper describes our submission for the ScienceIE shared task (SemEval-2017 Task 10) on entity and relation extraction from scientific papers. Our model is based on the end-to-end relation extraction model of Miwa and Bansal (2016) with several enhancements such as semi-supervised learning via…  (More)
    • Issues in Science and Technology 2017
      Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni
      New technologies often spur public anxiety, but the intensity of concern about the implications of advances in artificial intelligence (AI) is particularly noteworthy. Several respected scholars and technology leaders warn that AI is on the path to turning robots into a master class that will…  (More)
    • JCDL 2017
      Luca Weihs and Oren Etzioni
      Citations implicitly encode a community's judgment of a paper's importance and thus provide a unique signal by which to study scientific impact. Efforts in understanding and refining this signal are reflected in the probabilistic modeling of citation networks and the proliferation of citation-based…  (More)
    • UAI 2017
      Ashish Sabharwal and Hanie Sedghi
      Large scale machine learning produces massive datasets whose items are often associated with a confidence level and can thus be ranked. However, computing the precision of these resources requires human annotation, which is often prohibitively expensive and is therefore skipped. We consider the…  (More)
    • SIGIR 2017
      Chenyan Xiong, Zhuyun Dai, Jamie Callan, Zhiyuan Liu, and Russell Power
      This paper proposes K-NRM, a kernel based neural model for document ranking. Given a query and a set of documents, K-NRM uses a translation matrix that models word-level similarities via word embeddings, a new kernel-pooling technique that uses kernels to extract multi-level soft match features…  (More)
    • Nature 2017
      Oren Etzioni
      The number of times a paper is cited is a poor proxy for its impact (see P. Stephan et al. Nature 544, 411–412; 2017). I suggest relying instead on a new metric that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to capture the subset of an author's or a paper's essential and therefore most highly influential…  (More)
    • VAST 2017 Demo Video
      Nan-Chen Chen and Been Kim
      Developing sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) systems requires AI researchers to experiment with different designs and analyze results from evaluations (we refer this task as evaluation analysis). In this paper, we tackle the challenges of evaluation analysis in the domain of question…  (More)
    • EMNLP • Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text 2017
      Johannes Welbl, Nelson F. Liu, and Matt Gardner
      We present a novel method for obtaining high-quality, domain-targeted multiple choice questions from crowd workers. Generating these questions can be difficult without trading away originality, relevance or diversity in the answer options. Our method addresses these problems by leveraging a large…  (More)
    • CoNLL 2017
      Daniel Khashabi, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, and Dan Roth
      Question answering (QA) systems are easily distracted by irrelevant or redundant words in questions, especially when faced with long or multi-sentence questions in difficult domains. This paper introduces and studies the notion of essential question terms with the goal of improving such QA solvers…  (More)
    • CoNLL 2017
      Rebecca Sharp, Mihai Surdeanu, Peter Jansen, Marco A. Valenzuela-Escárcega, Peter Clark, and Michael Hammond
      For many applications of question answering (QA), being able to explain why a given model chose an answer is critical. However, the lack of labeled data for answer justifications makes learning this difficult and expensive. Here we propose an approach that uses answer ranking as distant supervision…  (More)
    • CoNLL 2017
      Ivan Vulic, Roy Schwartz, Ari Rappoport, Roi Reichart, and Anna Korhonen
      This paper is concerned with identifying contexts useful for training word representation models for different word classes such as adjectives (A), verbs (V), and nouns (N). We introduce a simple yet effective framework for an automatic selection of class-specific context configurations. We…  (More)
    • CoNLL 2017
      Roy Schwartz, Maarten Sap, Ioannis Konstas, Leila Zilles, Yejin Choi, Noah A. Smith
      A writer’s style depends not just on personal traits but also on her intent and mental state. In this paper, we show how variants of the same writing task can lead to measurable differences in writing style. We present a case study based on the story cloze task (Mostafazadeh et al., 2016a), where…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Pradeep Dasigi, Waleed Ammar, Chris Dyer, and Eduard Hovy
      Type-level word embeddings use the same set of parameters to represent all instances of a word regardless of its context, ignoring the inherent lexical ambiguity in language. Instead, we embed semantic concepts (or synsets) as defined in WordNet and represent a word token in a particular context by…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2017
      Kenton Lee, Luheng He, Mike Lewis, and Luke Zettlemoyer
      We introduce the first end-to-end coreference resolution model and show that it significantly outperforms all previous work without using a syntactic parser or handengineered mention detector. The key idea is to directly consider all spans in a document as potential mentions and learn distributions…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2017
      Jayant Krishnamurthy, Pradeep Dasigi, and Matt Gardner
      We present a new semantic parsing model for answering compositional questions on semi-structured Wikipedia tables. Our parser is an encoder-decoder neural network with two key technical innovations: (1) a grammar for the decoder that only generates well-typed logical forms; and (2) an entity…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2017
      Mark Hopkins, Cristian Petrescu-Prahova, Roie Levin, Ronan Le Bras, Alvaro Herrasti, and Vidur Joshi
      We present an approach for answering questions that span multiple sentences and exhibit sophisticated cross-sentence anaphoric phenomena, evaluating on a rich source of such questions--the math portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). By using a tree transducer cascade as its basic…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2017
      Aaron Sarnat, Vidur Joshi, Cristian Petrescu-Prahova, Alvaro Herrasti, Brandon Stilson, and Mark Hopkins
      We provide a visualization library and web interface for interactively exploring a parse tree or a forest of parses. The library is not tied to any particular linguistic representation, but provides a generalpurpose API for the interactive exploration of hierarchical linguistic structure. To…  (More)
    • Military Review 2017
      Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni
      Autonomous weapons systems and military robots are progressing from science fiction movies to designers' drawing boards, to engineering laboratories, and to the battlefield. These machines have prompted a debate among military planners, roboticists, and ethicists about the development and…  (More)
    • ICCV 2017
      Roozbeh Mottaghi, Connor Schenck, Dieter Fox, Ali Farhadi
      Humans have rich understanding of liquid containers and their contents; for example, we can effortlessly pour water from a pitcher to a cup. Doing so requires estimating the volume of the cup, approximating the amount of water in the pitcher, and predicting the behavior of water when we tilt the…  (More)
    • ICCV 2017
      Yuke Zhu, Daniel Gordon, Eric Kolve, Dieter Fox, Li Fei-Fei, Abhinav Gupta, Roozbeh Mottaghi, Ali Farhadi
      A crucial capability of real-world intelligent agents is their ability to plan a sequence of actions to achieve their goals in the visual world. In this work, we address the problem of visual semantic planning: the task of predicting a sequence of actions from visual observations that transform a…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Luheng He, Kenton Lee, Mike Lewis, Luke S. Zettlemoyer
      We introduce a new deep learning model for semantic role labeling (SRL) that significantly improves the state of the art, along with detailed analyses to reveal its strengths and limitations. We use a deep highway BiLSTM architecture with constrained decoding, while observing a number of recent…  (More)
    • AAAI 2017
      Matt Gardner and Jayant Krishnamurthy
      Traditional semantic parsers map language onto compositional, executable queries in a fixed schema. This map- ping allows them to effectively leverage the information con- tained in large, formal knowledge bases (KBs, e.g., Freebase) to answer questions, but it is also fundamentally limiting…  (More)
    • NIPS • NAMPI Workshop 2016
      Kenton W. Murray and Jayant Krishnamurthy
      We present probabilistic neural programs, a framework for program induction that permits flexible specification of both a computational model and inference algorithm while simultaneously enabling the use of deep neural networks. Probabilistic neural programs combine a computation graph for…  (More)
    • CACM 2016
      Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni
      Operational AI systems (for example, self-driving cars) need to obey both the law of the land and our values. We propose AI oversight systems ("AI Guardians") as an approach to addressing this challenge, and to respond to the potential risks associated with increasingly autonomous AI systems. These…  (More)
    • ACL 2016
      Sujay Kumar Jauhar, Peter D. Turney, Eduard Hovy
      Question answering requires access to a knowledge base to check facts and reason about information. Knowledge in the form of natural language text is easy to acquire, but difficult for automated reasoning. Highly-structured knowledge bases can facilitate reasoning, but are difficult to acquire. In…  (More)
    • CSCW 2016
      Shih-Wen Huang, Jonathan Bragg, Isaac Cowhey, Oren Etzioni, and Daniel S. Weld
      Successful online communities (e.g., Wikipedia, Yelp, and StackOverflow) can produce valuable content. However, many communities fail in their initial stages. Starting an online community is challenging because there is not enough content to attract a critical mass of active members. This paper…  (More)
    • AAAI 2016
      Amos Azaria, Jayant Krishnamurthy, and Tom M. Mitchell
      Unlike traditional machine learning methods, humans often learn from natural language instruction. As users become increasingly accustomed to interacting with mobile devices using speech, their interest in instructing these devices in natural language is likely to grow. We introduce our Learning by…  (More)
    • Award Best Student Paper Award
      AAAI 2016
      Babak Saleh, Ahmed Elgammal, Jacob Feldman, and Ali Farhadi
      The human visual system can spot an abnormal image, and reason about what makes it strange. This task has not received enough attention in computer vision. In this paper we study various types of atypicalities in images in a more comprehensive way than has been done before. We propose a new dataset…  (More)
    • AAAI 2016
      Hessam Bagherinezhad, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Yejin Choi, and Ali Farhadi
      Human vision greatly benefits from the information about sizes of objects. The role of size in several visual reasoning tasks has been thoroughly explored in human perception and cognition. However, the impact of the information about sizes of objects is yet to be determined in AI. We postulate…  (More)
    • NAACL 2016
      Mark Yatskar, Vicente Ordonez, and Ali Farhadi
      Obtaining common sense knowledge using current information extraction techniques is extremely challenging. In this work, we instead propose to derive simple common sense statements from fully annotated object detection corpora such as the Microsoft Common Objects in Context dataset. We show that…  (More)
    • NAACL 2016
      Jayant Krishnamurthy
      We introduce several probabilistic models for learning the lexicon of a semantic parser. Lexicon learning is the first step of training a semantic parser for a new application domain and the quality of the learned lexicon significantly affects both the accuracy and efficiency of the final semantic…  (More)
    • IJCAI 2016 Code Demo
      Daniel Khashabi, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, Peter Clark, Oren Etzioni, and Dan Roth
      Answering science questions posed in natural language is an important AI challenge. Answering such questions often requires non-trivial inference and knowledge that goes beyond factoid retrieval. Yet, most systems for this task are based on relatively shallow Information Retrieval (IR) and…  (More)
    • CVPR 2016
      Mark Yatskar, Luke Zettlemoyer, and Ali Farhadi
      This paper introduces situation recognition, the problem of producing a concise summary of the situation an image depicts including: (1) the main activity (e.g., clipping), (2) the participating actors, objects, substances, and locations (e.g., man, shears, sheep, wool, and field) and most…  (More)
    • CVPR 2016
      Roozbeh Mottaghi, Hessam Bagherinezhad, Mohammad Rastegari, and Ali Farhadi
      In this paper, we study the challenging problem of predicting the dynamics of objects in static images. Given a query object in an image, our goal is to provide a physical understanding of the object in terms of the forces acting upon it and its long term motion as response to those forces. Direct…  (More)
    • Award OpenCV People's Choice Award
      CVPR 2016
      Joseph Redmon, Santosh Divvala, Ross Girshick, and Ali Farhadi
      We present YOLO, a new approach to object detection. Prior work on object detection repurposes classifiers to perform detection. Instead, we frame object detection as a regression problem to spatially separated bounding boxes and associated class probabilities. A single neural network pre- dicts…  (More)
    • CVPR 2016
      Xiaolong Wang, Ali Farhadi, and Abhinav Gupta
      What defines an action like “kicking ball”? We argue that the true meaning of an action lies in the change or transformation an action brings to the environment. In this paper, we propose a novel representation for actions by modeling an action as a transformation which changes the state of the…  (More)
    • CVPR 2016
      Roozbeh Mottaghi, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, and Ali Fahradi
      With the recent progress in visual recognition, we have already started to see a surge of vision related real-world applications. These applications, unlike general scene understanding, are task oriented and require specific information from visual data. Considering the current growth in new…  (More)
    • JCDL 2016
      Christopher Clark and Santosh Divvala
      Figures and tables are key sources of information in many scholarly documents. However, current academic search engines do not make use of figures and tables when semantically parsing documents or presenting document summaries to users. To facilitate these applications we develop an algorithm that…  (More)
    • AKBC 2016
      Bhavana Dalvi, Sumithra Bhakthavatsalam, Chris Clark, Peter Clark, Oren Etzioni, Anthony Fader, and Dirk Groeneveld
      Recent work on information extraction has suggested that fast, interactive tools can be highly effective; however, creating a usable system is challenging, and few publicly available tools exist. In this paper we present IKE, a new extraction tool that performs fast, interactive bootstrapping to…  (More)
    • CACM 2016 Video
      Carissa Schoenick, Peter Clark, Oyvind Tafjord, Peter Turney, and Oren Etzioni
      The field of Artificial Intelligence has made great strides forward recently, for example AlphaGo's recent victory against the world champion Lee Sedol in the game of Go, leading to great optimism about the field. But are we really moving towards smarter machines, or are these successes restricted…  (More)
    • SEM 2016
      Saif M. Mohammad, Ekaterina Shutova, and Peter D. Turney
      It is generally believed that a metaphor tends to have a stronger emotional impact than a literal statement; however, there is no quantitative study establishing the extent to which this is true. Further, the mechanisms through which metaphors convey emotions are not well understood. We present the…  (More)
    • ICML 2016
      Junyuan Xie, Ross Girshick, and Ali Farhadi
      Clustering is central to many data-driven application domains and has been studied extensively in terms of distance functions and grouping algorithms. Relatively little work has focused on learning representations for clustering. In this paper, we propose Deep Embedded Clustering (DEC), a method…  (More)
    • ECCV 2016
      Aniruddha Kembhavi, Mike Salvato, Eric Kolve, Minjoon Seo, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, and Ali Farhadi
      Diagrams are common tools for representing complex concepts, relationships and events, often when it would be difficult to portray the same information with natural images. Understanding natural images has been extensively studied in computer vision, while diagram understanding has received little…  (More)
    • ECCV 2016
      Roozbeh Mottaghi, Mohammad Rastegari, Abhinav Gupta, and Ali Farhadi
      What happens if one pushes a cup sitting on a table toward the edge of the table? How about pushing a desk against a wall? In this paper, we study the problem of understanding the movements of objects as a result of applying external forces to them. For a given force vector applied to a specific…  (More)
    • ECCV 2016
      Mohammad Rastegari, Vicente Ordonez, Joseph Redmon, and Ali Farhadi
      We propose two efficient approximations to standard convolutional neural networks: Binary-Weight-Networks and XNOR-Networks. In Binary-Weight-Networks, the filters are approximated with binary values resulting in $32\times$ memory saving. In XNOR-Networks, both the filters and the input to…  (More)
    • ECCV 2016
      Gunnar A. Sigurdsson, Gül Varol, Xiaolong Wang, Ali Farhadi, Ivan Laptev, and Abhinav Gupta
      Computer vision has a great potential to help our daily lives by searching for lost keys, watering flowers or reminding us to take a pill. To succeed with such tasks, computer vision methods need to be trained from real and diverse examples of our daily dynamic scenes. While most of such scenes are…  (More)
    • HCOMP 2016
      Gunnar A. Sigurdsson, Olga Russakovsky, Ali Farhadi, Ivan Laptev, and Abhinav Gupta
      Large-scale annotated datasets allow AI systems to learn from and build upon the knowledge of the crowd. Many crowdsourcing techniques have been developed for collecting image annotations. These techniques often implicitly rely on the fact that a new input image takes a negligible amount of time to…  (More)
    • ECCV 2016
      Noah Siegel, Zachary Horvitz, Roie Levin, Santosh Divvala, and Ali Farhadi
      ‘Which are the pedestrian detectors that yield a precision above 95% at 25% recall?’ Answering such a complex query involves identifying and analyzing the results reported in figures within several research papers. Despite the availability of excellent academic search engines, retrieving such…  (More)
    • ECCV 2016
      Junyuan Xie, Ross Girshick, and Ali Farhadi
      We propose Deep3D, a fully automatic 2D-to-3D conversion algorithm that takes 2D images or video frames as input and outputs stereo 3D image pairs. The stereo images can be viewed with 3D glasses or head-mounted VR displays. Deep3D is trained directly on stereo pairs from a dataset of 3D movies to…  (More)
    • CVPR 2016
      Mahyar Najibi, Mohammad Rastegari, and Larry Davis
      We introduce G-CNN, an object detection technique based on CNNs which works without proposal algorithms. G-CNN starts with a multi-scale grid of fixed bounding boxes. We train a regressor to move and scale elements of the grid towards objects iteratively. G-CNN models the problem of object…  (More)
    • ICML 2016
      Tudor Achim, Ashish Sabharwal, and Stefano Ermon
      Random projections have played an important role in scaling up machine learning and data mining algorithms. Recently they have also been applied to probabilistic inference to estimate properties of high-dimensional distributions; however , they all rely on the same class of projections based on…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2016
      Samuel Louvan, Chetan Naik, Sadhana Kumaravel, Heeyoung Kwon, Niranjan Balasubramanian, and Peter Clark
      For AI systems to reason about real world situations, they need to recognize which processes are at play and which entities play key roles in them. Our goal is to extract this kind of rolebased knowledge about processes, from multiple sentence-level descriptions. This knowledge is hard to acquire…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2016
      Rebecca Sharp, Mihai Surdeanu, Peter Jansen, and Peter Clark
      A common model for question answering (QA) is that a good answer is one that is closely related to the question, where relatedness is often determined using generalpurpose lexical models such as word embeddings. We argue that a better approach is to look for answers that are related to the question…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2016
      Jayant Krishnamurthy, Oyvind Tafjord, and Aniruddha Kembhavi
      Situated question answering is the problem of answering questions about an environment such as an image or diagram. This problem requires jointly interpreting a question and an environment using background knowledge to select the correct answer. We present Parsing to Probabilistic Programs (P3), a…  (More)
    • COLING 2016
      Peter Jansen, Niranjan Balasubramanian, Mihai Surdeanu, and Peter Clark
      QA systems have been making steady advances in the challenging elementary science exam domain. In this work, we develop an explanation-based analysis of knowledge and inference requirements, which supports a fine-grained characterization of the challenges. In particular, we model the requirements…  (More)
    • NIPS 2016
      Been Kim, Sanmi Koyejo and Rajiv Khanna
      Example-based explanations are widely used in the effort to improve the interpretability of highly complex distributions. However, prototypes alone are rarely sufficient to represent the gist of the complexity. In order for users to construct better mental models and understand complex data…  (More)
    • NIPS 2016
      Shengjia Zhao, Enze Zhou, Ashish Sabharwal, and Stefano Ermon
      A key challenge in sequential decision problems is to determine how many samples are needed for an agent to make reliable decisions with good probabilistic guarantees. We introduce Hoeffding-like concentration inequalities that hold for a random, adaptively chosen number of samples. Our…  (More)
    • Ethics 2016
      Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni
      The growing number of 'smart' instruments, those equipped with AI, has raised concerns because these instruments make autonomous decisions; that is, they act beyond the guidelines provided them by programmers. Hence, the question the makers and users of smart instrument (e.g., driver-less cars…  (More)
    • AI Magazine 2016
      Peter Clark and Oren Etzioni
      Given the well-known limitations of the Turing Test, there is a need for objective tests to both focus attention on, and measure progress towards, the goals of AI. In this paper we argue that machine performance on standardized tests should be a key component of any new measure of AI, because…  (More)
    • AAAI 2016
      Ashish Sabharwal, Horst Samulowitz, and Gerald Tesauro
      We study a novel machine learning (ML) problem setting of sequentially allocating small subsets of training data amongst a large set of classifiers. The goal is to select a classifier that will give near-optimal accuracy when trained on all data, while also minimizing the cost of misallocated…  (More)
    • AAAI 2016
      Carolyn Kim, Ashish Sabharwal, and Stefano Ermon
      We consider the problem of sampling from a discrete probability distribution specified by a graphical model. Exact samples can, in principle, be obtained by computing the mode of the original model perturbed with an exponentially many i.i.d. random variables. We propose a novel algorithm that views…  (More)
    • AAAI 2016
      Shengjia Zhao, Sorathan Chaturapruek, Ashish Sabharwal, and Stefano Ermon
      Many recent algorithms for approximate model counting are based on a reduction to combinatorial searches over random subsets of the space defined by parity or XOR constraints. Long parity constraints (involving many variables) provide strong theoretical guarantees but are computationally difficult…  (More)
    • AAAI 2016
      Shuo Yang, Tushar Khot, Kristian Kersting, and Sriraam Natarajan
      Many real world applications in medicine, biology, communication networks, web mining, and economics, among others, involve modeling and learning structured stochastic processes that evolve over continuous time. Existing approaches, however, have focused on propositional domains only. Without…  (More)
    • AAAI 2016
      Peter Clark, Oren Etzioni, Daniel Khashabi, Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, Oyvind Tafjord, and Peter Turney
      What capabilities are required for an AI system to pass standard 4th Grade Science Tests? Previous work has examined the use of Markov Logic Networks (MLNs) to represent the requisite background knowledge and interpret test questions, but did not improve upon an information retrieval (IR) baseline…  (More)
    • WSDM 2016
      Bhavana Dalvi, Aditya Mishra, and William W. Cohen
      In an entity classification task, topic or concept hierarchies are often incomplete. Previous work by Dalvi et al. has shown that in non-hierarchical semi-supervised classification tasks, the presence of such unanticipated classes can cause semantic drift for seeded classes. The Exploratory…  (More)
    • Vanderbilt 2016
      Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni
      AI programs make numerous decisions on their own, lack transparency, and may change frequently. Hence, the article shows, unassisted human agents — such as auditors, accountants, inspectors, and police — cannot ensure that AI guided instruments will abide by the law. Human agents need assistance of…  (More)
    • ICCV 2015
      Hamid Izadinia, Fereshteh Sadeghi, Santosh Divvala, Hanna Hajishirzi, Yejin Choi, and Ali Farhadi
      We introduce Segment-Phrase Table (SPT), a large collection of bijective associations between textual phrases and their corresponding segmentations. Leveraging recent progress in object recognition and natural language semantics, we show how we can successfully build a highquality segment-phrase…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2015
      Minjoon Seo, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Ali Farhadi, Oren Etzioni, and Clint Malcolm
      This paper introduces GeoS, the first automated system to solve unaltered SAT geometry questions by combining text understanding and diagram interpretation. We model the problem of understanding geometry questions as submodular optimization, and identify a formal problem description likely to be…  (More)
    • AAAI • Workshop on Scholarly Big Data 2015
      Christopher Clark and Santosh Divvala
      Identifying and extracting figures and tables along with their captions from scholarly articles is important both as a way of providing tools for article summarization, and as part of larger systems that seek to gain deeper, semantic understanding of these articles. While many "off-the-shelf" tools…  (More)
    • Proceedings of IAAI 2015
      Peter Clark
      While there has been an explosion of impressive, datadriven AI applications in recent years, machines still largely lack a deeper understanding of the world to answer questions that go beyond information explicitly stated in text, and to explain and discuss those answers. To reach this next…  (More)
    • AAAI • Workshop on Scholarly Big Data 2015
      Marco Valenzuela, Vu Ha, and Oren Etzioni
      We introduce the novel task of identifying important citations in scholarly literature, i.e., citations that indicate that the cited work is used or extended in the new effort. We believe this task is a crucial component in algorithms that detect and follow research topics and in methods that…  (More)
    • NAACL 2015
      Rebecca Sharp, Peter Jansen, Mihai Surdeanu, and Peter Clark
      Monolingual alignment models have been shown to boost the performance of question answering systems by "bridging the lexical chasm" between questions and answers. The main limitation of these approaches is that they require semistructured training data in the form of question-answer pairs, which is…  (More)
    • NAACL 2015
      Ben Hixon, Peter Clark, and Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      We describe how a question-answering system can learn about its domain from conversational dialogs. Our system learns to relate concepts in science questions to propositions in a fact corpus, stores new concepts and relations in a knowledge graph (KG), and uses the graph to solve questions. We are…  (More)
    • TACL 2015
      Daniel Fried, Peter Jansen, Gustave Hahn-Powell, Mihai Surdeanu, and Peter Clark
      Lexical semantic models provide robust performance for question answering, but, in general, can only capitalize on direct evidence seen during training. For example, monolingual alignment models acquire term alignment probabilities from semistructured data such as question-answer pairs; neural…  (More)
    • CVPR 2015
      Fereshteh Sadeghi, Santosh Divvala, and Ali Farhadi
      How can we know whether a statement about our world is valid. For example, given a relationship between a pair of entities e.g., 'eat(horse, hay)', how can we know whether this relationship is true or false in general. Gathering such knowledge about entities and their relationships is one of the…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2015
      Tushar Khot, Niranjan Balasubramanian, Eric Gribkoff, Ashish Sabharwal, Peter Clark, and Oren Etzioni
      Elementary-level science exams pose significant knowledge acquisition and reasoning challenges for automatic question answering. We develop a system that reasons with knowledge derived from textbooks, represented in a subset of first-order logic. Automatic extraction, while scalable, often results…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2015
      Yang Li and Peter Clark
      Much of what we understand from text is not explicitly stated. Rather, the reader uses his/her knowledge to fill in gaps and create a coherent, mental picture or “scene” depicting what text appears to convey. The scene constitutes an understanding of the text, and can be used to answer questions…  (More)
    • K-CAP • First International Workshop on Capturing Scientific Knowledge (SciKnow) 2015
      Samuel Louvan, Chetan Naik, Veronica Lynn, Ankit Arun, Niranjan Balasubramanian, and Peter Clark
      We consider a 4th grade level question answering task. We focus on a subset involving recognizing instances of physical, biological, and other natural processes. Many processes involve similar entities and are hard to distinguish using simple bag-of-words representations alone.
    • CPAIOR 2015
      Brian Kell, Ashish Sabharwal, and Willem-Jan van Hoeve
      Nogood learning is a critical component of Boolean satisfiability (SAT) solvers, and increasingly popular in the context of integer programming and constraint programming. We present a generic method to learn valid clauses from exact or approximate binary decision diagrams (BDDs) and resolution in…  (More)
    • NIPS 2015
      Fereshteh Sadeghi, C. Lawrence Zitnick, and Ali Farhadi
      In this paper, we study the problem of answering visual analogy questions. These questions take the form of image A is to image B as image C is to what. Answering these questions entails discovering the mapping from image A to image B and then extending the mapping to image C and searching for the…  (More)
    • NIPS 2015
      Been Kim, Julie Shah, and Finale Doshi-Velez
      We present the Mind the Gap Model (MGM), an approach for interpretable feature extraction and selection. By placing interpretability criteria directly into the model, we allow for the model to both optimize parameters related to interpretability and to directly report a global set of…  (More)
    • TACL 2015
      Rik Koncel-Kedziorski, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Ashish Sabharwal, Oren Etzioni, and Siena Dumas Ang
      This paper formalizes the problem of solving multi-sentence algebraic word problems as that of generating and scoring equation trees. We use integer linear programming to generate equation trees and score their likelihood by learning local and global discriminative models. These models are trained…  (More)
    • CVPR 2015
      Mohammad Rastegari, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, and Ali Farhadi
      In this paper we present a bottom-up method to instance level Multiple Instance Learning (MIL) that learns to discover positive instances with globally constrained reasoning about local pairwise similarities. We discover positive instances by optimizing for a ranking such that positive (top rank…  (More)
    • ICCV 2015
      Bilge Soran, Ali Farhadi, and Linda Shapiro
      We all have experienced forgetting habitual actions among our daily activities. For example, we probably have forgotten to turn the lights off before leaving a room or turn the stove off after cooking. In this paper, we propose a solution to the problem of issuing notifications on actions that may…  (More)
    • EACL 2014
      Yuen-Hsien Tseng, Lung-Hao Lee, Shu-Yen Lin, Bo-Shun Liao, Mei-Jun Liu, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Oren Etzioni, and Anthony Fader
      This study presents the Chinese Open Relation Extraction (CORE) system that is able to extract entity-relation triples from Chinese free texts based on a series of NLP techniques, i.e., word segmentation, POS tagging, syntactic parsing, and extraction rules. We employ the proposed CORE techniques…  (More)
    • CVPR 2014
      Santosh K. Divvala, Ali Farhadi, and Carlos Guestrin
      Recognition is graduating from labs to real-world applications. While it is encouraging to see its potential being tapped, it brings forth a fundamental challenge to the vision researcher: scalability. How can we learn a model for any concept that exhaustively covers all its appearance variations…  (More)
    • ACL • Workshop on Semantic Parsing 2014
      Xuchen Yao, Jonathan Berant, and Benjamin Van Durme
      We contrast two seemingly distinct approaches to the task of question answering (QA) using Freebase: one based on information extraction techniques, the other on semantic parsing. Results over the same test-set were collected from two state-ofthe-art, open-source systems, then analyzed in…  (More)
    • KDD 2014
      Anthony Fader, Luke Zettlemoyer, and Oren Etzioni
      We consider the problem of open-domain question answering (Open QA) over massive knowledge bases (KBs). Existing approaches use either manually curated KBs like Freebase or KBs automatically extracted from unstructured text. In this paper, we present oqa, the first approach to leverage both curated…  (More)
    • Big Data 2014
      Foster Provost, Geoffrey I. Webb, Ron Bekkerman, Oren Etzioni, Usama Fayyad, and Claudia Perlich
      In August 2013, we held a panel discussion at the KDD 2013 conference in Chicago on the subject of data science, data scientists, and start-ups. KDD is the premier conference on data science research and practice. The panel discussed the pros and cons for top-notch data scientists of the hot data…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2014
      Mohammad Javad Hosseini, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Oren Etzioni, and Nate Kushman
      This paper presents a novel approach to learning to solve simple arithmetic word problems. Our system, ARIS, analyzes each of the sentences in the problem statement to identify the relevant variables and their values. ARIS then maps this information into an equation that represents the problem, and…  (More)
    • Award Best Paper Award
      EMNLP 2014
      Jonathan Berant, Vivek Srikumar, Pei-Chun Chen, Brad Huang, Christopher D. Manning, Abby Vander Linden, Brittany Harding, and Peter Clark
      Machine reading calls for programs that read and understand text, but most current work only attempts to extract facts from redundant web-scale corpora. In this paper, we focus on a new reading comprehension task that requires complex reasoning over a single document. The input is a paragraph…  (More)
    • Award Best Paper Award
      AKBC 2014
      Peter Clark, Niranjan Balasubramanian, Sumithra Bhakthavatsalam, Kevin Humphreys, Jesse Kinkead, Ashish Sabharwal, and Oyvind Tafjord
      While there has been tremendous progress in automatic database population in recent years, most of human knowledge does not naturally fit into a database form. For example, knowledge that "metal objects can conduct electricity" or "animals grow fur to help them stay warm" requires a substantially…  (More)
    • International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming 2014
      Ashish Sabharwal and Horst Samulowitz
      Novel search space splitting techniques have recently been successfully exploited to paralleliz Constraint Programming and Mixed Integer Programming solvers. We first show how universal hashing can be used to extend one such interesting approach to a generalized setting that goes beyond discrepancy…  (More)
    • AAAI 2014
      Min Joon Seo, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Ali Farhadi, and Oren Etzioni
      Automatically solving geometry questions is a longstanding AI problem. A geometry question typically includes a textual description accompanied by a diagram. The first step in solving geometry questions is diagram understanding, which consists of identifying visual elements in the diagram, their…  (More)
    • ACL 2014
      Peter Jansen, Mihai Surdeanu, and Peter Clark
      We propose a robust answer reranking model for non-factoid questions that integrates lexical semantics with discourse information, driven by two representations of discourse: a shallow representation centered around discourse markers, and a deep one based on Rhetorical Structure Theory. We evaluate…  (More)
    • ACL 2013
      Xuchen Yao, Benjamin Van Durme, and Peter Clark
      Information Retrieval (IR) and Answer Extraction are often designed as isolated or loosely connected components in Question Answering (QA), with repeated overengineering on IR, and not necessarily performance gain for QA. We propose to tightly integrate them by coupling automatically learned…  (More)
    • ACL 2013
      Xuchen Yao, Benjamin Van Durme, Chris Callision-Burch, and Peter Clark
      Fast alignment is essential for many natural language tasks. But in the setting of monolingual alignment, previous work has not been able to align more than one sentence pair per second. We describe a discriminatively trained monolingual word aligner that uses a Conditional Random Field to globally…  (More)
    • NAACL 2013
      Xuchen Yao, Benjamin Van Durme, Chris Callision-Burch, and Peter Clark
      Our goal is to extract answers from preretrieved sentences for Question Answering (QA). We construct a linear-chain Conditional Random Field based on pairs of questions and their possible answer sentences, learning the association between questions and answer types. This casts answer extraction as…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2013
      Xuchen Yao, Benjamin Van Durme, Chris Callision-Burch, and Peter Clark
      We introduce a novel discriminative model for phrase-based monolingual alignment using a semi-Markov CRF. Our model achieves stateof-the-art alignment accuracy on two phrasebased alignment datasets (RTE and paraphrase), while doing significantly better than other strong baselines in both non…  (More)
    • AKBC 2013
      Xiao Ling, Dan Weld, and Peter Clark
      Knowledge of objects and their parts, meronym relations, are at the heart of many question-answering systems, but manually encoding these facts is impractical. Past researchers have tried hand-written patterns, supervised learning, and bootstrapped methods, but achieving both high precision and…  (More)
    • EMNLP 2013
      Aju Thalappillil Scaria, Jonathan Berant, Mengqiu Wang, Christopher D. Manning, Justin Lewis, Brittany Harding, and Peter Clark
      Biological processes are complex phenomena involving a series of events that are related to one another through various relationships. Systems that can understand and reason over biological processes would dramatically improve the performance of semantic applications involving inference such as…  (More)
    • CIKM • AKBC 2013
      Peter Clark, Phil Harrison, and Niranjan Balasubramanian
      Our long-term interest is in machines that contain large amounts of general and scientific knowledge, stored in a "computable" form that supports reasoning and explanation. As a medium-term focus for this, our goal is to have the computer pass a fourth-grade science test, anticipating that much of…  (More)
    • NAACL-HLT • AKBC Workshop 2012
      Peter Clark, Phil Harrison, Niranjan Balasubramanian, and Oren Etzioni
      As part of our work on building a "knowledgeable textbook" about biology, we are developing a textual question-answering (QA) system that can answer certain classes of biology questions posed by users. In support of that, we are building a "textual KB" - an assembled set of semi-structured…  (More)