Coupling Retrieval and Meta-Learning for Context-Dependent Semantic Parsing

ACL 2019

Coupling Retrieval and Meta-Learning for Context-Dependent Semantic Parsing

Jan 30, 2021
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Abstract: In this paper, we present an approach to incorporate retrieved datapoints as supporting evidence for context-dependent semantic parsing, such as generating source code conditioned on the class environment. Our approach naturally combines a retrieval model and a meta-learner, where the former learns to find similar datapoints from the training data, and the latter considers retrieved datapoints as a pseudo task for fast adaptation. Specifically, our retriever is a context-aware encoder-decoder model with a latent variable which takes context environment into consideration, and our meta-learner learns to utilize retrieved datapoints in a model-agnostic meta-learning paradigm for fast adaptation. We conduct experiments on CONCODE and CSQA datasets, where the context refers to class environment in JAVA codes and conversational history, respectively. We use sequence-to-action model as the base semantic parser, which performs the state-of-the-art accuracy on both datasets. Results show that both the context-aware retriever and the meta-learning strategy improve accuracy, and our approach performs better than retrieve-and-edit baselines. Authors: Daya Guo, Duyu Tang, Nan Duan, Ming Zhou, Jian Yin (Sun Yat-sen University, Microsoft Research Asia)

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