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Continual Learning for Neural Semantic Parsing

2020-10-15 16:37:41
Vladislav Lialin, Rahul Goel, Andrey Simanovsky, Anna Rumshisky, Rushin Shah


tract: A semantic parsing model is crucial to natural language processing applications such as goal-oriented dialogue systems. Such models can have hundreds of classes with a highly non-uniform distribution. In this work, we show how to efficiently (in terms of computational budget) improve model performance given a new portion of labeled data for a specific low-resource class or a set of classes. We demonstrate that a simple approach with a specific fine-tuning procedure for the old model can reduce the computational costs by ~90% compared to the training of a new model. The resulting performance is on-par with a model trained from scratch on a full dataset. We showcase the efficacy of our approach on two popular semantic parsing datasets, Facebook TOP, and SNIPS.

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