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Deep (Inter-)Active Learning for NLP: Cure-all or Catastrophe?

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While deep learning produces supervised models with unprecedented predictive performance on many tasks, under typical training procedures, advantages over classical methods emerge only with large datasets. The extreme data-dependence of reinforcement learners may be even more problematic. Millions of experiences sampled from video-games come cheaply, but human-interacting systems can’t afford to waste so much labor. In this talk, I will discuss several efforts to increase the labor-efficiency of learning from human interactions. Specifically, I will cover work on learning dialogue policies, deep active learning for natural language processing, learning from noisy and singly-labeled data, and active learning with partial feedback. Finally, time permitting, I’ll discuss a new approach for reducing the reliance of NLP models on spurious associations in the data that relies on a new mechanism for interacting with annotators.

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