aNMM: Ranking Short Answer Texts with Attention-Based Neural Matching Model

5 Jan 2018  ·  Liu Yang, Qingyao Ai, Jiafeng Guo, W. Bruce Croft ·

As an alternative to question answering methods based on feature engineering, deep learning approaches such as convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and Long Short-Term Memory Models (LSTMs) have recently been proposed for semantic matching of questions and answers. To achieve good results, however, these models have been combined with additional features such as word overlap or BM25 scores... Without this combination, these models perform significantly worse than methods based on linguistic feature engineering. In this paper, we propose an attention based neural matching model for ranking short answer text. We adopt value-shared weighting scheme instead of position-shared weighting scheme for combining different matching signals and incorporate question term importance learning using question attention network. Using the popular benchmark TREC QA data, we show that the relatively simple aNMM model can significantly outperform other neural network models that have been used for the question answering task, and is competitive with models that are combined with additional features. When aNMM is combined with additional features, it outperforms all baselines. read more

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Question Answering TrecQA aNMM MAP 0.750 # 6
MRR 0.811 # 5


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