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Dynamic Bayesian Networks: Representation, Inference and Learning
, 2002
"... Modelling sequential data is important in many areas of science and engineering. Hidden Markov models (HMMs) and Kalman filter models (KFMs) are popular for this because they are simple and flexible. For example, HMMs have been used for speech recognition and biosequence analysis, and KFMs have bee ..."
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Modelling sequential data is important in many areas of science and engineering. Hidden Markov models (HMMs) and Kalman filter models (KFMs) are popular for this because they are simple and flexible. For example, HMMs have been used for speech recognition and biosequence analysis, and KFMs have been used for problems ranging from tracking planes and missiles to predicting the economy. However, HMMs
and KFMs are limited in their “expressive power”. Dynamic Bayesian Networks (DBNs) generalize HMMs by allowing the state space to be represented in factored form, instead of as a single discrete random variable. DBNs generalize KFMs by allowing arbitrary probability distributions, not just (unimodal) linearGaussian. In this thesis, I will discuss how to represent many different kinds of models as DBNs, how to perform exact and approximate inference in DBNs, and how to learn DBN models from sequential data.
In particular, the main novel technical contributions of this thesis are as follows: a way of representing
Hierarchical HMMs as DBNs, which enables inference to be done in O(T) time instead of O(T 3), where T is the length of the sequence; an exact smoothing algorithm that takes O(log T) space instead of O(T); a simple way of using the junction tree algorithm for online inference in DBNs; new complexity bounds on exact online inference in DBNs; a new deterministic approximate inference algorithm called factored frontier; an analysis of the relationship between the BK algorithm and loopy belief propagation; a way of
applying RaoBlackwellised particle filtering to DBNs in general, and the SLAM (simultaneous localization
and mapping) problem in particular; a way of extending the structural EM algorithm to DBNs; and a variety of different applications of DBNs. However, perhaps the main value of the thesis is its catholic presentation of the field of sequential data modelling.
Hierarchical phrasebased translation
 Computational Linguistics
, 2007
"... We present a statistical machine translation model that uses hierarchical phrases—phrases that contain subphrases. The model is formally a synchronous contextfree grammar but is learned from a parallel text without any syntactic annotations. Thus it can be seen as combining fundamental ideas from b ..."
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We present a statistical machine translation model that uses hierarchical phrases—phrases that contain subphrases. The model is formally a synchronous contextfree grammar but is learned from a parallel text without any syntactic annotations. Thus it can be seen as combining fundamental ideas from both syntaxbased translation and phrasebased translation. We describe our system’s training and decoding methods in detail, and evaluate it for translation speed and translation accuracy. Using BLEU as a metric of translation accuracy, we find that our system performs significantly better than the Alignment Template System, a stateoftheart phrasebased system. 1.
Better kbest parsing
, 2005
"... We discuss the relevance of kbest parsing to recent applications in natural language processing, and develop efficient algorithms for kbest trees in the framework of hypergraph parsing. To demonstrate the efficiency, scalability and accuracy of these algorithms, we present experiments on Bikel’s i ..."
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We discuss the relevance of kbest parsing to recent applications in natural language processing, and develop efficient algorithms for kbest trees in the framework of hypergraph parsing. To demonstrate the efficiency, scalability and accuracy of these algorithms, we present experiments on Bikel’s implementation of Collins ’ lexicalized PCFG model, and on Chiang’s CFGbased decoder for hierarchical phrasebased translation. We show in particular how the improved output of our algorithms has the potential to improve results from parse reranking systems and other applications. 1
Parsing InsideOut
, 1998
"... Probabilistic ContextFree Grammars (PCFGs) and variations on them have recently become some of the most common formalisms for parsing. It is common with PCFGs to compute the inside and outside probabilities. When these probabilities are multiplied together and normalized, they produce the probabili ..."
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Probabilistic ContextFree Grammars (PCFGs) and variations on them have recently become some of the most common formalisms for parsing. It is common with PCFGs to compute the inside and outside probabilities. When these probabilities are multiplied together and normalized, they produce the probability that any given nonterminal covers any piece of the input sentence. The traditional use of these probabilities is to improve the probabilities of grammar rules. In this thesis we show that these values are useful for solving many other problems in Statistical Natural Language Processing. We give a framework for describing parsers. The framework generalizes the inside and outside values to semirings. It makes it easy to describe parsers that compute a wide variety of interesting quantities, including the inside and outside probabilities, as well as related quantities such as Viterbi probabilities and nbest lists. We also present three novel uses for the inside and outside probabilities. T...
A survey of statistical machine translation
, 2007
"... Statistical machine translation (SMT) treats the translation of natural language as a machine learning problem. By examining many samples of humanproduced translation, SMT algorithms automatically learn how to translate. SMT has made tremendous strides in less than two decades, and many popular tec ..."
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Statistical machine translation (SMT) treats the translation of natural language as a machine learning problem. By examining many samples of humanproduced translation, SMT algorithms automatically learn how to translate. SMT has made tremendous strides in less than two decades, and many popular techniques have only emerged within the last few years. This survey presents a tutorial overview of stateoftheart SMT at the beginning of 2007. We begin with the context of the current research, and then move to a formal problem description and an overview of the four main subproblems: translational equivalence modeling, mathematical modeling, parameter estimation, and decoding. Along the way, we present a taxonomy of some different approaches within these areas. We conclude with an overview of evaluation and notes on future directions.
Dependency parsing by belief propagation
 In Proceedings of EMNLP
, 2008
"... We formulate dependency parsing as a graphical model with the novel ingredient of global constraints. We show how to apply loopy belief propagation (BP), a simple and effective tool for approximate learning and inference. As a parsing algorithm, BP is both asymptotically and empirically efficient. E ..."
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We formulate dependency parsing as a graphical model with the novel ingredient of global constraints. We show how to apply loopy belief propagation (BP), a simple and effective tool for approximate learning and inference. As a parsing algorithm, BP is both asymptotically and empirically efficient. Even with secondorder features or latent variables, which would make exact parsing considerably slower or NPhard, BP needs only O(n3) time with a small constant factor. Furthermore, such features significantly improve parse accuracy over exact firstorder methods. Incorporating additional features would increase the runtime additively rather than multiplicatively. 1
Statistical Machine Translation by Parsing
, 2004
"... In an ordinary syntactic parser, the input is a string, and the grammar ranges over strings. This paper explores generalizations of ordinary parsing algorithms that allow the input to consist of string tuples and/or the grammar to range over string tuples. Such algorithms can infer the synchronous s ..."
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In an ordinary syntactic parser, the input is a string, and the grammar ranges over strings. This paper explores generalizations of ordinary parsing algorithms that allow the input to consist of string tuples and/or the grammar to range over string tuples. Such algorithms can infer the synchronous structures hidden in parallel texts. It turns out that these generalized parsers can do most of the work required to train and apply a syntaxaware statistical machine translation system.
Generalizing word lattice translation
 In ACLHLT
, 2008
"... redpony, smara, resnik AT umd.edu Word lattice decoding has proven useful in spoken language translation; we argue that it provides a compelling model for translation of text genres, as well. We extend lattice decoding to hierarchical phrasebased models, providing a unified treatment with phraseba ..."
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redpony, smara, resnik AT umd.edu Word lattice decoding has proven useful in spoken language translation; we argue that it provides a compelling model for translation of text genres, as well. We extend lattice decoding to hierarchical phrasebased models, providing a unified treatment with phrasebased decoding by treating lattices as a case of weighted finitestate automata. In the process, we resolve a significant complication that lattice representations introduce in reordering models. Our experiments evaluating the approach demonstrate substantial gains for ChineseEnglish and ArabicEnglish translation.
Novel Estimation Methods for Unsupervised Discovery of Latent Structure in Natural Language Text
, 2006
"... This thesis is about estimating probabilistic models to uncover useful hidden structure in data; specifically, we address the problem of discovering syntactic structure in natural language text. We present three new parameter estimation techniques that generalize the standard approach, maximum likel ..."
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This thesis is about estimating probabilistic models to uncover useful hidden structure in data; specifically, we address the problem of discovering syntactic structure in natural language text. We present three new parameter estimation techniques that generalize the standard approach, maximum likelihood estimation, in different ways. Contrastive estimation maximizes the conditional probability of the observed data given a “neighborhood” of implicit negative examples. Skewed deterministic annealing locally maximizes likelihood using a cautious parameter search strategy that starts with an easier optimization problem than likelihood, and iteratively moves to harder problems, culminating in likelihood. Structural annealing is similar, but starts with a heavy bias toward simple syntactic structures and gradually relaxes the bias. Our estimation methods do not make use of annotated examples. We consider their performance in both an unsupervised model selection setting, where models trained under different initialization and regularization settings are compared by evaluating the training objective on a small set of unseen, unannotated development data, and supervised model selection, where the most accurate model on the development set (now with annotations)
Binarizing syntax trees to improve syntaxbased machine translation accuracy
, 2007
"... We show that phrase structures in Penn Treebank style parses are not optimal for syntaxbased machine translation. We exploit a series of binarization methods to restructure the Penn Treebank style trees such that syntactified phrases smaller than Penn Treebank constituents can be acquired and exploi ..."
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We show that phrase structures in Penn Treebank style parses are not optimal for syntaxbased machine translation. We exploit a series of binarization methods to restructure the Penn Treebank style trees such that syntactified phrases smaller than Penn Treebank constituents can be acquired and exploited in translation. We find that by employing the EM algorithm for determining the binarization of a parse tree among a set of alternative binarizations gives us the best translation result. 1