Research papers and code for "Maksim Kretov":
Conventional prior for Variational Auto-Encoder (VAE) is a Gaussian distribution. Recent works demonstrated that choice of prior distribution affects learning capacity of VAE models. We propose a general technique (embedding-reparameterization procedure, or ER) for introducing arbitrary manifold-valued variables in VAE model. We compare our technique with a conventional VAE on a toy benchmark problem. This is work in progress.

* Presented at Bayesian Deep Learning workshop (NeurIPS 2018)
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For many natural language processing (NLP) tasks the amount of annotated data is limited. This urges a need to apply semi-supervised learning techniques, such as transfer learning or meta-learning. In this work we tackle Named Entity Recognition (NER) task using Prototypical Network - a metric learning technique. It learns intermediate representations of words which cluster well into named entity classes. This property of the model allows classifying words with extremely limited number of training examples, and can potentially be used as a zero-shot learning method. By coupling this technique with transfer learning we achieve well-performing classifiers trained on only 20 instances of a target class.

* In proceedings of the 34th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing
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In natural language processing tasks performance of the models is often measured with some non-differentiable metric, such as BLEU score. To use efficient gradient-based methods for optimization, it is a common workaround to optimize some surrogate loss function. This approach is effective if optimization of such loss also results in improving target metric. The corresponding problem is referred to as loss-evaluation mismatch. In the present work we propose a method for calculation of differentiable lower bound of expected BLEU score that does not involve computationally expensive sampling procedure such as the one required when using REINFORCE rule from reinforcement learning (RL) framework.

* Presented at NIPS 2017 Workshop on Conversational AI: Today's Practice and Tomorrow's Potential
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Variety of machine learning problems can be formulated as an optimization task for some (surrogate) loss function. Calculation of loss function can be viewed in terms of stochastic computation graphs (SCG). We use this formalism to analyze a problem of optimization of famous sequence-to-sequence model with attention and propose reformulation of the task. Examples are given for machine translation (MT). Our work provides a unified view on different optimization approaches for sequence-to-sequence models and could help researchers in developing new network architectures with embedded stochastic nodes.

* Presented at 10th NIPS Workshop on Optimization for Machine Learning (NIPS 2017)
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