Unpaired Sentiment-to-Sentiment Translation: A Cycled Reinforcement Learning Approach

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Unpaired Sentiment-to-Sentiment Translation: A Cycled Reinforcement Learning Approach

Jan 28, 2021
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Abstract: The goal of sentiment-to-sentiment “translation” is to change the underlying sentiment of a sentence while keeping its content. The main challenge is the lack of parallel data. To solve this problem, we propose a cycled reinforcement learning method that enables training on unpaired data by collaboration between a neutralization module and an emotionalization module. We evaluate our approach on two review datasets, Yelp and Amazon. Experimental results show that our approach significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art systems. Especially, the proposed method sub-stantially improves the content preservation performance. The BLEU score is improved from 1.64 to 22.46 and from 0.56 to 14.06 on the two datasets, respectively. Authors: Jingjing Xu, Xu Sun, Qi Zeng, Xuancheng Ren, Xiaodong Zhang, Houfeng Wang, Wenjie Li (Peking University)

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