Hybrid Generative-Retrieval Transformers for Dialogue Domain Adaptation

3 Mar 2020  ·  Igor Shalyminov, Alessandro Sordoni, Adam Atkinson, Hannes Schulz ·

Domain adaptation has recently become a key problem in dialogue systems research. Deep learning, while being the preferred technique for modeling such systems, works best given massive training data... However, in the real-world scenario, such resources aren't available for every new domain, so the ability to train with a few dialogue examples can be considered essential. Pre-training on large data sources and adapting to the target data has become the standard method for few-shot problems within the deep learning framework. In this paper, we present the winning entry at the fast domain adaptation task of DSTC8, a hybrid generative-retrieval model based on GPT-2 fine-tuned to the multi-domain MetaLWOz dataset. Robust and diverse in response generation, our model uses retrieval logic as a fallback, being SoTA on MetaLWOz in human evaluation (>4% improvement over the 2nd place system) and attaining competitive generalization performance in adaptation to the unseen MultiWOZ dataset. read more

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