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Thibault Sellam

Thibault Sellam

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    Preview abstract We introduce Seahorse (SummariEs Annotated with Human Ratings in Six languagEs), a dataset of 96K summaries with ratings along 6 dimensions (comprehensibility, repetition, grammar, attribution, main idea(s), and conciseness). The summaries are generated from 8 different models, conditioned on source text from 4 datasets in 6 languages (German, English, Spanish, Russian, Turkish, and Vietnamese). We release the annotated summaries as a resource for developing better summarization models and automatic metrics. We present an analysis of the dataset's composition and quality, and we demonstrate the potential of this dataset for building better summarization metrics, showing that metrics finetuned with Seahorse data outperform baseline metrics. View details
    Dialect-robust Evaluation of Generated Text
    Jiao Sun
    Elizabeth Clark
    Jacob Eisenstein
    Sebastian Gehrmann
    Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers), Association for Computational Linguistics, Toronto, Canada (2023), pp. 6010-6028
    Preview abstract Evaluation metrics that are not robust to dialect variation make it impossible to tell how well systems perform for many groups of users, and can even penalize systems for producing text in lower-resource dialects. However, currently, there exists no way to quantify how metrics respond to change in the dialect of a generated utterance. We thus formalize dialect robustness and dialect awareness as goals for NLG evaluation metrics. We introduce a suite of methods and corresponding statistical tests one can use to assess metrics in light of the two goals. Applying the suite to current state-of-the-art metrics, we demonstrate that they are not dialect-robust and that semantic perturbations frequently lead to smaller decreases in a metric than the introduction of dialect features. As a first step to overcome this limitation, we propose a training schema, NANO, which introduces regional and language information to the pretraining process of a metric. We demonstrate that NANO provides a size-efficient way for models to improve the dialect robustness while simultaneously improving their performance on the standard metric benchmark. View details
    Preview abstract Experiments with pretrained models such as BERT are often based on a single checkpoint. While the conclusions drawn apply to the artifact (i.e., the particular instance of the model), it is not always clear whether they hold for the more general procedure (which includes the model architecture, training data, initialization scheme, and loss function). Recent work has shown that re-running pretraining can lead to substantially different conclusions about performance, suggesting that alternative evaluations are needed to make principled statements about procedures. To address this question, we introduce MultiBERTs: a set of 25 BERT-base checkpoints, trained with similar hyper-parameters as the original BERT model but differing in random initialization and data shuffling. The aim is to enable researchers to draw robust and statistically justified conclusions about pretraining procedures. The full release includes 25 fully trained checkpoints, as well as statistical guidelines and a code library implementing our recommended hypothesis testing methods. Finally, for five of these models we release a set of 28 intermediate checkpoints in order to support research on learning dynamics. View details
    Preview abstract Despite significant advances in text generation in recent years, evaluation metrics have lagged behind, with n-gram overlap metrics such as BLEU or ROUGE still remaining popular. In this work, we introduce BLEURT, a learnt evaluation metric based on BERT that achieves state of the art performance on the last years of the WMT Metrics Shared Task and the WebNLG challenge. A key aspect of our approach is a novel pre-training scheme that uses millions of synthetically constructed examples to increase generalization. We show that in contrast to a vanilla BERT fine-tuning approach, BLEURT yields superior results even in the presence of scarce, skewed, or out-of-domain training data. View details
    Preview abstract We present a probabilistic framework for multilingual neural machine translation that encompasses supervised and unsupervised setups, focusing on unsupervised translation. In addition to studying the vanilla case where there is only monolingual data available, we propose a novel setup where one language in the (source, target) pair is not associated with any parallel data, but there may exist auxiliary parallel data that contains the other. This auxiliary data can naturally be utilized in our probabilistic framework via a novel cross-translation loss term. Empirically, we show that our approach results in higher BLEU scores over state-of-the-art unsupervised models on the WMT'14 English-French, WMT'16 English-German, and WMT'16 English-Romanian datasets in most directions. In particular, we obtain a +1.65 BLEU advantage over the best-performing unsupervised model in the Romanian-English direction. View details
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