CAM: A Combined Attention Model for Natural Language Inference

Gajbhiye, Amit, Jaf, Sardar, Al-Moubayed, Noura and Bradley, Steven (2018) CAM: A Combined Attention Model for Natural Language Inference. In: Proceedings 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data. IEEE, Seattle, USA, pp. 1009-1019. ISBN 9781538650349

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Natural Language Inference (NLI) is a fundamental step towards natural language understanding. The task aims to detect whether a premise entails or contradicts a given hypothesis. NLI contributes to a wide range of natural language understanding applications such as question answering, text summarization and information extraction. Recently, the public availability of big datasets such as Stanford Natural Language Inference (SNLI) and SciTail, has made it feasible to train complex neural NLI models. Particularly, Bidirectional Long Short-Term Memory networks (BiLSTMs) with attention mechanisms have shown promising performance for NLI. In this paper, we propose a Combined Attention Model (CAM) for NLI. CAM combines the two attention mechanisms: intra-attention and inter-attention. The model first captures the semantics of the individual input premise and hypothesis with intra-attention and then aligns the premise and hypothesis with inter-sentence attention. We evaluate CAM on two benchmark datasets: Stanford Natural Language Inference (SNLI) and SciTail, achieving 86.14% accuracy on SNLI and 77.23% on SciTail. Further, to investigate the effectiveness of individual attention mechanism and in combination with each other, we present an analysis showing that the intra- and inter-attention mechanisms achieve higher accuracy when they are combined together than when they are independently used.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [Conference] 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data), 10-13 Dec. 2018, Seattle, WA, USA
Subjects: Computing > Data Science
Computing > Artificial Intelligence
Languages > Languages
Computing > Software Engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Technology
Depositing User: Sardar Jaf
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 10:45
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 16:30
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