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Artificial general intelligence consists of many components, one of which is Natural Language Understanding (NLU). One of the applications of NLU is Reading Comprehension where it is expected that a system understand all aspects of a text. Further, understanding natural procedure-describing text that deals with existence of entities and effects of actions on these entities while doing reasoning and inference at the same time is a particularly difficult task. A recent natural language dataset by the Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence, ProPara, attempted to address the challenges to determine entity existence and entity tracking in natural text. As part of …

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Bhattacharjee, Aurgho, Baral, Chitta, Yang, Yezhou, et al.
Created Date
2019

Question answering is a challenging problem and a long term goal of Artificial Intelligence. There are many approaches proposed to solve this problem, including end to end machine learning systems, Information Retrieval based approaches and Textual Entailment. Despite being popular, these methods find difficulty in solving problems that require multi level reasoning and combining independent pieces of knowledge, for example, a question like "What adaptation is necessary in intertidal ecosystems but not in reef ecosystems?'', requires the system to consider qualities, behaviour or features of an organism living in an intertidal ecosystem and compare with that of an organism in …

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Batni, Vaishnavi, Baral, Chitta, Anwar, Saadat, et al.
Created Date
2019

In this thesis, I present two new datasets and a modification to the existing models in the form of a novel attention mechanism for Natural Language Inference (NLI). The new datasets have been carefully synthesized from various existing corpora released for different tasks. The task of NLI is to determine the possibility of a sentence referred to as “Hypothesis” being true given that another sentence referred to as “Premise” is true. In other words, the task is to identify whether the “Premise” entails, contradicts or remains neutral with regards to the “Hypothesis”. NLI is a precursor to solving many Natural …

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Shrivastava, Ishan, Baral, Chitta, Anwar, Saadat, et al.
Created Date
2019

Reasoning with commonsense knowledge is an integral component of human behavior. It is due to this capability that people know that a weak person may not be able to lift someone. It has been a long standing goal of the Artificial Intelligence community to simulate such commonsense reasoning abilities in machines. Over the years, many advances have been made and various challenges have been proposed to test their abilities. The Winograd Schema Challenge (WSC) is one such Natural Language Understanding (NLU) task which was also proposed as an alternative to the Turing Test. It is made up of textual question …

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Sharma, Arpit, Baral, Chitta, Lee, Joohyung, et al.
Created Date
2019

Knowledge Representation (KR) is one of the prominent approaches to Artificial Intelligence (AI) that is concerned with representing knowledge in a form that computer systems can utilize to solve complex problems. Answer Set Programming (ASP), based on the stable model semantics, is a widely-used KR framework that facilitates elegant and efficient representations for many problem domains that require complex reasoning. However, while ASP is effective on deterministic problem domains, it is not suitable for applications involving quantitative uncertainty, for example, those that require probabilistic reasoning. Furthermore, it is hard to utilize information that can be statistically induced from data with …

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Wang, Yi, Lee, Joohyung, Baral, Chitta, et al.
Created Date
2019

Virtual digital assistants are automated software systems which assist humans by understanding natural languages such as English, either in voice or textual form. In recent times, a lot of digital applications have shifted towards providing a user experience using natural language interface. The change is brought up by the degree of ease with which the virtual digital assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa can be integrated into your application. These assistants make use of a Natural Language Understanding (NLU) system which acts as an interface to translate unstructured natural language data into a structured form. Such an NLU …

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Garg, Prashant, Baral, Chitta, Kumar, Hemanth, et al.
Created Date
2018

Multimodal Representation Learning is a multi-disciplinary research field which aims to integrate information from multiple communicative modalities in a meaningful manner to help solve some downstream task. These modalities can be visual, acoustic, linguistic, haptic etc. The interpretation of ’meaningful integration of information from different modalities’ remains modality and task dependent. The downstream task can range from understanding one modality in the presence of information from other modalities, to that of translating input from one modality to another. In this thesis the utility of multimodal representation learning for understanding one modality vis-à-vis Image Understanding for Visual Reasoning given corresponding information …

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Saha, Rudra, Yang, Yezhou, Singh, Maneesh Kumar, et al.
Created Date
2018

Teams are increasingly indispensable to achievements in any organizations. Despite the organizations' substantial dependency on teams, fundamental knowledge about the conduct of team-enabled operations is lacking, especially at the {\it social, cognitive} and {\it information} level in relation to team performance and network dynamics. The goal of this dissertation is to create new instruments to {\it predict}, {\it optimize} and {\it explain} teams' performance in the context of composite networks (i.e., social-cognitive-information networks). Understanding the dynamic mechanisms that drive the success of high-performing teams can provide the key insights into building the best teams and hence lift the productivity and …

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Li, Liangyue, Tong, Hanghang, Baral, Chitta, et al.
Created Date
2018

Reasoning about the activities of cyber threat actors is critical to defend against cyber attacks. However, this task is difficult for a variety of reasons. In simple terms, it is difficult to determine who the attacker is, what the desired goals are of the attacker, and how they will carry out their attacks. These three questions essentially entail understanding the attacker’s use of deception, the capabilities available, and the intent of launching the attack. These three issues are highly inter-related. If an adversary can hide their intent, they can better deceive a defender. If an adversary’s capabilities are not well …

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Nunes, Eric, Shakarian, Paulo, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2018

The goal of fact checking is to determine if a given claim holds. A promising ap- proach for this task is to exploit reference information in the form of knowledge graphs (KGs), a structured and formal representation of knowledge with semantic descriptions of entities and relations. KGs are successfully used in multiple appli- cations, but the information stored in a KG is inevitably incomplete. In order to address the incompleteness problem, this thesis proposes a new method built on top of recent results in logical rule discovery in KGs called RuDik and a probabilistic extension of answer set programs called …

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Pradhan, Anish, Lee, Joohyung, Baral, Chitta, et al.
Created Date
2018

Image Understanding is a long-established discipline in computer vision, which encompasses a body of advanced image processing techniques, that are used to locate (“where”), characterize and recognize (“what”) objects, regions, and their attributes in the image. However, the notion of “understanding” (and the goal of artificial intelligent machines) goes beyond factual recall of the recognized components and includes reasoning and thinking beyond what can be seen (or perceived). Understanding is often evaluated by asking questions of increasing difficulty. Thus, the expected functionalities of an intelligent Image Understanding system can be expressed in terms of the functionalities that are required to …

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Aditya, Somak, Baral, Chitta, Yang, Yezhou, et al.
Created Date
2018

Reasoning about actions forms the basis of many tasks such as prediction, planning, and diagnosis in a dynamic domain. Within the reasoning about actions community, a broad class of languages, called action languages, has been developed together with a methodology for their use in representing and reasoning about dynamic domains. With a few notable exceptions, the focus of these efforts has largely centered around single-agent systems. Agents rarely operate in a vacuum however, and almost in parallel, substantial work has been done within the dynamic epistemic logic community towards understanding how the actions of an agent may effect not just …

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Gelfond, Gregory, Baral, Chitta, Kambhampati, Subbarao, et al.
Created Date
2018

LPMLN is a recent probabilistic logic programming language which combines both Answer Set Programming (ASP) and Markov Logic. It is a proper extension of Answer Set programs which allows for reasoning about uncertainty using weighted rules under the stable model semantics with a weight scheme that is adopted from Markov Logic. LPMLN has been shown to be related to several formalisms from the knowledge representation (KR) side such as ASP and P-Log, and the statistical relational learning (SRL) side such as Markov Logic Networks (MLN), Problog and Pearl’s causal models (PCM). Formalisms like ASP, P-Log, Problog, MLN, PCM have all …

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Talsania, Samidh, Lee, Joohyung, Lee, Joohyung, et al.
Created Date
2017

In this thesis, I propose a new technique of Aligning English sentence words with its Semantic Representation using Inductive Logic Programming(ILP). My work focusses on Abstract Meaning Representation(AMR). AMR is a semantic formalism to English natural language. It encodes meaning of a sentence in a rooted graph. This representation has gained attention for its simplicity and expressive power. An AMR Aligner aligns words in a sentence to nodes(concepts) in its AMR graph. As AMR annotation has no explicit alignment with words in English sentence, automatic alignment becomes a requirement for training AMR parsers. The aligner in this work comprises of …

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Agarwal, Shubham, Baral, Chitta, Li, Baoxin, et al.
Created Date
2017

In recent years, several methods have been proposed to encode sentences into fixed length continuous vectors called sentence representation or sentence embedding. With the recent advancements in various deep learning methods applied in Natural Language Processing (NLP), these representations play a crucial role in tasks such as named entity recognition, question answering and sentence classification. Traditionally, sentence vector representations are learnt from its constituent word representations, also known as word embeddings. Various methods to learn the distributed representation (embedding) of words have been proposed using the notion of Distributional Semantics, i.e. “meaning of a word is characterized by the company …

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Rath, Trideep, Baral, Chitta, Li, Baoxin, et al.
Created Date
2017

Answer Set Programming (ASP) is one of the main formalisms in Knowledge Representation (KR) that is being widely applied in a large number of applications. While ASP is effective on Boolean decision problems, it has difficulty in expressing quantitative uncertainty and probability in a natural way. Logic Programs under the answer set semantics and Markov Logic Network (LPMLN) is a recent extension of answer set programs to overcome the limitation of the deterministic nature of ASP by adopting the log-linear weight scheme of Markov Logic. This thesis investigates the relationships between LPMLN and two other extensions of ASP: weak constraints …

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Yang, Zhun, Lee, Joohyung, Baral, Chitta, et al.
Created Date
2017

Due to vast resources brought by social media services, social data mining has received increasing attention in recent years. The availability of sheer amounts of user-generated data presents data scientists both opportunities and challenges. Opportunities are presented with additional data sources. The abundant link information in social networks could provide another rich source in deriving implicit information for social data mining. However, the vast majority of existing studies overwhelmingly focus on positive links between users while negative links are also prevailing in real- world social networks such as distrust relations in Epinions and foe links in Slashdot. Though recent studies …

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Cheng, Kewei, Liu, Huan, Tong, Hanghang, et al.
Created Date
2017

For the past three decades, the design of an effective strategy for generating poetry that matches that of a human’s creative capabilities and complexities has been an elusive goal in artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language generation (NLG) research, and among linguistic creativity researchers in particular. This thesis presents a novel approach to fixed verse poetry generation using neural word embeddings. During the course of generation, a two layered poetry classifier is developed. The first layer uses a lexicon based method to classify poems into types based on form and structure, and the second layer uses a supervised classification method …

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Magge Ranganatha, Arjun, Syrotiuk, Violet R, Baral, Chitta, et al.
Created Date
2016

There have been extensive research in how news and twitter feeds can affect the outcome of a given stock. However, a majority of this research has studied the short term effects of sentiment with a given stock price. Within this research, I studied the long-term effects of a given stock price using fundamental analysis techniques. Within this research, I collected both sentiment data and fundamental data for Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Peabody Energy Corp. Using a neural network algorithm, I found that sentiment does have an effect on the annual growth of these companies but the fundamentals are more …

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Reeves, Tyler Joseph, Davulcu, Hasan, Baral, Chitta, et al.
Created Date
2016

Science instructors need questions for use in exams, homework assignments, class discussions, reviews, and other instructional activities. Textbooks never have enough questions, so instructors must find them from other sources or generate their own questions. In order to supply instructors with biology questions, a semantic network approach was developed for generating open response biology questions. The generated questions were compared to professional authorized questions. To boost students’ learning experience, adaptive selection was built on the generated questions. Bayesian Knowledge Tracing was used as embedded assessment of the student’s current competence so that a suitable question could be selected based on …

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Zhang, Lishan, VanLehn, Kurt, Baral, Chitta, et al.
Created Date
2015