Microsoft Research features a talk by Wei Wen on Efficient and Scalable Deep Learning (slides)

In deep learning, researchers keep gaining higher performance by using larger models. However, there are two obstacles blocking the community to build larger models: (1) training larger models is more time-consuming, which slows down model design exploration, and (2) inference of larger models is also slow, which disables their deployment to computation constrained applications. In this talk, I will introduce some of our efforts to remove those obstacles. On the training side, we propose TernGrad to reduce communication bottleneck to scale up distributed deep learning; on the inference side, we propose structurally sparse neural networks to remove redundant neural components for faster inference. At the end, I will very briefly introduce (1) my recent efforts to accelerate AutoML, and (2) future work to utilize my research to overcome scaling issues in Natural Language Processing.

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Here’s a great article on three techniques for pre-processing raw text input for use in text classification/natural language processing applications.

Modern neural networks cannot interpret labeled text as described above and data must be pre-processed before it can be given to a network for training. One straightforward way to do this is with a bag of words. A bag of words is created by scanning through every element in a data set and creating a dictionary for each unique word seen that can act as an index.

Yannic Kilcher investigates BERT and the white paper associated with it

Abstract:We introduce a new language representation model called BERT, which stands for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers. Unlike recent language representation models, BERT is designed to pre-train deep bidirectional representations by jointly conditioning on both left and right context in all layers. As a result, the pre-trained BERT representations can be fine-tuned with just one additional output layer to create state-of-the-art models for a wide range of tasks, such as question answering and language inference, without substantial task-specific architecture modifications. BERT is conceptually simple and empirically powerful. It obtains new state-of-the-art results on eleven natural language processing tasks, including pushing the GLUE benchmark to 80.4% (7.6% absolute improvement), MultiNLI accuracy to 86.7 (5.6% absolute improvement) and the SQuAD v1.1 question answering Test F1 to 93.2 (1.5% absolute improvement), outperforming human performance by 2.0%.

Here’s an in-depth look at doing Natural Language Processing in the three top frameworks: TensorFlow, PyTorch, and Keras.

Before beginning a feature comparison between TensorFlow vs PyTorch vs Keras, let’s cover some soft, non-competitive differences between them. Non-competitive facts Below we present some differences between the three that should serve as an introduction to TensorFlow vs PyTorch vs Keras. These differences aren’t written in the spirit of […]

Here’s an interesting article on a deep learning toolkit for NLP.

Why are the results of the latest models so difficult to reproduce? Why is the code that worked fine last year not compatible with the latest release of my deep learning framework? Why is a baseline benchmark meant to be straightforward so difficult to set up? In today’s world, […]