Not all dialogues are created equal: Instance weighting for neural conversational models

Neural instance weighting model


Neural conversational models require substantial amounts of dialogue data for their parameter estimation and are therefore usually learned on large corpora such as chat forums or movie subtitles. These corpora are, however, often challenging to work with, notably due to their frequent lack of turn segmentation and the presence of multiple references external to the dialogue itself. This paper shows that these challenges can be mitigated by adding a weighting model into the architecture. The weighting model, which is itself estimated from dialogue data, associates each training example to a numerical weight that reflects its intrinsic quality for dialogue modelling. At training time, these sample weights are included into the empirical loss to be minimised. Evaluation results on retrieval-based models trained on movie and TV subtitles demonstrate that the inclusion of such a weighting model improves the model performance on unsupervised metrics.

In Proceedings of the 18th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2017), Saarbrücken, Germany (pp. 384–394)
Serge Bibauw
Serge Bibauw
Assistant Professor of French Language Teaching