Models, code, and papers for "Lucy Xia":
Measuring conditional dependence is an important topic in statistics with broad applications including graphical models. Under a factor model setting, a new conditional dependence measure based on projection is proposed. The corresponding conditional independence test is developed with the asymptotic null distribution unveiled where the number of factors could be high-dimensional. It is also shown that the new test has control over the asymptotic significance level and can be calculated efficiently. A generic method for building dependency graphs without Gaussian assumption using the new test is elaborated. Numerical results and real data analysis show the superiority of the new method.
The Neyman-Pearson (NP) paradigm in binary classification seeks classifiers that achieve a minimal type II error while enforcing the prioritized type I error under some user-specified level. This paradigm serves naturally in applications such as severe disease diagnosis and spam detection, where people have clear priorities over the two error types. Despite recent advances in NP classification, the NP oracle inequalities, a core theoretical criterion to evaluate classifiers under the NP paradigm, were established only for classifiers based on nonparametric assumptions with bounded feature support. In this work, we conquer the challenges arisen from unbounded feature support in parametric settings and develop NP classification theory and methodology under these settings. Concretely, we propose a new parametric NP classifier NP-sLDA which satisfies the NP oracle inequalities. Furthermore, we construct an adaptive sample splitting scheme that can be applied universally to existing NP classifiers and this adaptive strategy greatly enhances the power of these classifiers. Through extensive numerical experiments and real data studies, we demonstrate the competence of NP-sLDA and the new sample splitting scheme.
Digital texts have become an increasingly important source of data for social studies. However, textual data from open platforms are vulnerable to manipulation (e.g., censorship and information inflation), often leading to bias in subsequent empirical analysis. This paper investigates the problem of data distortion in text classification when controlling type I error (a relevant textual message is classified as irrelevant) is the priority. The default classical classification paradigm that minimizes the overall classification error can yield an undesirably large type I error, and data distortion exacerbates this situation. As a solution, we propose the Neyman-Pearson (NP) classification paradigm which minimizes type II error under a user-specified type I error constraint. Theoretically, we show that while the classical oracle (i.e., optimal classifier) cannot be recovered under unknown data distortion even if one has the entire post-distortion population, the NP oracle is unaffected by data distortion and can be recovered under the same condition. Empirically, we illustrate the advantage of NP classification methods in a case study that classifies posts about strikes and corruption published on a leading Chinese blogging platform.
We consider the problem of aggregating a general collection of affine estimators for fixed design regression. Relevant examples include some commonly used statistical estimators such as least squares, ridge and robust least squares estimators. Dalalyan and Salmon (2012) have established that, for this problem, exponentially weighted (EW) model selection aggregation leads to sharp oracle inequalities in expectation, but similar bounds in deviation were not previously known. While results indicate that the same aggregation scheme may not satisfy sharp oracle inequalities with high probability, we prove that a weaker notion of oracle inequality for EW that holds with high probability. Moreover, using a generalization of the newly introduced $Q$-aggregation scheme we also prove sharp oracle inequalities that hold with high probability. Finally, we apply our results to universal aggregation and show that our proposed estimator leads simultaneously to all the best known bounds for aggregation, including $\ell_q$-aggregation, $q \in (0,1)$, with high probability.
There has been an explosion of work in the vision & language community during the past few years from image captioning to video transcription, and answering questions about images. These tasks have focused on literal descriptions of the image. To move beyond the literal, we choose to explore how questions about an image are often directed at commonsense inference and the abstract events evoked by objects in the image. In this paper, we introduce the novel task of Visual Question Generation (VQG), where the system is tasked with asking a natural and engaging question when shown an image. We provide three datasets which cover a variety of images from object-centric to event-centric, with considerably more abstract training data than provided to state-of-the-art captioning systems thus far. We train and test several generative and retrieval models to tackle the task of VQG. Evaluation results show that while such models ask reasonable questions for a variety of images, there is still a wide gap with human performance which motivates further work on connecting images with commonsense knowledge and pragmatics. Our proposed task offers a new challenge to the community which we hope furthers interest in exploring deeper connections between vision & language.
Representation and learning of commonsense knowledge is one of the foundational problems in the quest to enable deep language understanding. This issue is particularly challenging for understanding casual and correlational relationships between events. While this topic has received a lot of interest in the NLP community, research has been hindered by the lack of a proper evaluation framework. This paper attempts to address this problem with a new framework for evaluating story understanding and script learning: the 'Story Cloze Test'. This test requires a system to choose the correct ending to a four-sentence story. We created a new corpus of ~50k five-sentence commonsense stories, ROCStories, to enable this evaluation. This corpus is unique in two ways: (1) it captures a rich set of causal and temporal commonsense relations between daily events, and (2) it is a high quality collection of everyday life stories that can also be used for story generation. Experimental evaluation shows that a host of baselines and state-of-the-art models based on shallow language understanding struggle to achieve a high score on the Story Cloze Test. We discuss these implications for script and story learning, and offer suggestions for deeper language understanding.
We introduce the first dataset for sequential vision-to-language, and explore how this data may be used for the task of visual storytelling. The first release of this dataset, SIND v.1, includes 81,743 unique photos in 20,211 sequences, aligned to both descriptive (caption) and story language. We establish several strong baselines for the storytelling task, and motivate an automatic metric to benchmark progress. Modelling concrete description as well as figurative and social language, as provided in this dataset and the storytelling task, has the potential to move artificial intelligence from basic understandings of typical visual scenes towards more and more human-like understanding of grounded event structure and subjective expression.