InsNet: An Efficient, Flexible, and Performant Insertion-based Text Generation Model

12 Feb 2021  ·  Sidi Lu, Tao Meng, Nanyun Peng ·

We propose InsNet, an expressive insertion-based text generator with efficient training and flexible decoding (parallel or sequential). Unlike most existing insertion-based text generation works that require re-encoding of the context after each insertion operation and thus are inefficient to train, InsNet only requires one pass of context encoding for the entire sequence during training by introducing a novel insertion-oriented position encoding and a light-weighted slot representation strategy to enable computation sharing. Furthermore, we propose an algorithm InsNet-Dinic to better determine the parallelization of insertion operations that provides a controllable switch between parallel and sequential decoding, making it flexible to handle more parallelizable tasks such as machine translation with efficient decoding, or less parallelizable tasks such as open-domain text generation to guarantee high-quality outputs. Experiments on two lexically constrained text generation datasets and three machine translation datasets demonstrate InsNet's advantages over previous insertion-based methods in terms of training speed, inference efficiency, and generation quality.

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