History for Visual Dialog: Do we really need it?

ACL 2020

History for Visual Dialog: Do we really need it?

Jul 05, 2020
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Visual Dialog involves "understanding" the dialog history (what has been discussed previously) and the current question (what is asked), in addition to grounding information in the image, to generate the correct response. In this paper, we show that co-attention models which explicitly encode dialog history outperform models that don't, achieving state-of-the-art performance (72 % NDCG on val set). However, we also expose shortcomings of the crowd-sourcing dataset collection procedure by showing that history is indeed only required for a small amount of the data and that the current evaluation metric encourages generic replies. To that end, we propose a challenging subset (VisDialConv) of the VisDial val set and provide a benchmark of 63% NDCG. Speakers: Shubham Agarwal, Trung Bui, Joon-Young Lee, Ioannis Konstas, Verena Rieser

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