Towards Faithful Neural Table-to-Text Generation with Content-Matching Constraints

ACL 2020

Towards Faithful Neural Table-to-Text Generation with Content-Matching Constraints

Jul 05, 2020
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Text generation from a knowledge base aims to translate knowledge triples to natural language descriptions. Most existing methods ignore the faithfulness between a generated text description and the original table, leading to generated information that goes beyond the content of the table. In this paper, for the first time, we propose a novel Transformer-based generation framework to achieve the goal. The core techniques in our method to enforce faithfulness include a new table-text optimal-transport matching loss and a table-text embedding similarity loss based on the Transformer model. Furthermore, to evaluate faithfulness, we propose a new automatic metric specialized to the table-to-text generation problem. We also provide detailed analysis on each component of our model in our experiments. Automatic and human evaluations show that our framework can significantly outperform state-of-the-art by a large margin. Speakers: Zhenyi Wang, Xiaoyang Wang, Bang An, Dong Yu, Changyou Chen

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