Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2023), Honolulu, Hawaii
We introduce a framework for modeling and solving reinforcement learning problems in non-Markovian, history-dependent environments. Our framework, called the Dynamic Contextual Markov Decision Process (DCMDP), generalizes the contextual MDP framework to handle non-Markov environments where contexts change over time. To overcome the exponential dependence on history, we leverage an aggregated mapping of previous visits to states, actions and contexts to construct an optimistic upper confidence-based algorithm, for which we establish regret bounds. Motivated by our theoretical results, we introduce a practical model-based algorithm that addresses history-dependent contexts, by planing in a latent space and using optimism over history-dependent features. We demonstrate the efficiency and performance of our approach on a recommendation task using the MovieLens dataset, in which the user's behavior is influenced by the agent's recommendations and changes over time.View details
Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Association for Computational Linguistics (2023), 6252–6272
Despite the seeming success of contemporary grounded text generation systems, they often tend to generate factually inconsistent text with respect to their input. This phenomenon is emphasized in tasks like summarization, in which the generated summaries should be corroborated by their source article. In this work we leverage recent progress on textual entailment models to directly address this problem for abstractive summarization systems. We use reinforcement learning with reference-free, textual-entailment rewards to optimize for factual consistency and explore the ensuing trade-offs, as improved consistency may come at the cost of less informative or more extractive summaries. Our results, according to both automatic metrics and human evaluation, show that our method considerably improves the faithfulness, salience and conciseness of the generated summaries.View details
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