Open Question Answering with Weakly Supervised Embedding Models

16 Apr 2014  ·  Antoine Bordes, Jason Weston, Nicolas Usunier ·

Building computers able to answer questions on any subject is a long standing goal of artificial intelligence. Promising progress has recently been achieved by methods that learn to map questions to logical forms or database queries. Such approaches can be effective but at the cost of either large amounts of human-labeled data or by defining lexicons and grammars tailored by practitioners. In this paper, we instead take the radical approach of learning to map questions to vectorial feature representations. By mapping answers into the same space one can query any knowledge base independent of its schema, without requiring any grammar or lexicon. Our method is trained with a new optimization procedure combining stochastic gradient descent followed by a fine-tuning step using the weak supervision provided by blending automatically and collaboratively generated resources. We empirically demonstrate that our model can capture meaningful signals from its noisy supervision leading to major improvements over paralex, the only existing method able to be trained on similar weakly labeled data.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Question Answering Reverb Weakly Supervised Embeddings Accuracy 73% # 1
Question Answering WebQuestions Weakly Supervised Embeddings F1 29.7% # 3


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