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  • NLSeminar-INFORMATION-THEORETIC PROBING WITH MINIMUM DESCRIPTION LENGTH

    Thu, Dec 03, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Elena Voita, Univ of Edinburgh

    Talk Title: INFORMATION-THEORETIC PROBING WITH MINIMUM DESCRIPTION LENGTH

    Abstract: How can you know whether a model has learned to encode a linguistic property? The most popular approach to measure how well pretrained representations encode a linguistic property is to use the accuracy of a probing classifier (probe). However, such probes often fail to adequately reflect differences in representations, and they can show different results depending on probe hyperparameters. As an alternative to standard probing, we propose information-theoretic probing which measures minimum description length MDL of labels given representations. In addition to probe quality, the description length evaluates the amount of effort needed to achieve this quality. We show that 1 MDL can be easily evaluated on top of standard probe training pipelines, and 2 compared to standard probes, the results of MDL probing are more informative, stable, and sensible.



    Biography: Elena Voita is a Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh and University of Amsterdam supervised by Ivan Titov and Rico Sennrich, and is currently a Facebook PhD Fellow. Her research focuses on document level neural machine translation, as well as on understanding what and how neural models learn. Previously, she was a research scientist at Yandex Research and worked closely with the Yandex Translate team. She also teaches NLP at the Yandex School of Data Analysis.

    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

    More Info: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96662265166

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96662265166

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Petet Zamar

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Tue, Dec 08, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: IISE Faculty, IISE

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement, offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, allows professionals to learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a USC Six Sigma Green Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the USC Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer's green belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/six-sigma-lean-certification/six-sigma-green-belt-process-improvement/

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Contact: Karen Escobar

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Wed, Dec 09, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

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    Speaker: IISE Faculty, IISE

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement, offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, allows professionals to learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a USC Six Sigma Green Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the USC Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer's green belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/six-sigma-lean-certification/six-sigma-green-belt-process-improvement/

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Contact: Karen Escobar

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Thu, Dec 10, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: IISE Faculty, IISE

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement, offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, allows professionals to learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a USC Six Sigma Green Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the USC Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer's green belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/six-sigma-lean-certification/six-sigma-green-belt-process-improvement/

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Contact: Karen Escobar

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  • NL SEMINAR -An introduction to transfer learning in NLP and HuggingFace

    Thu, Dec 10, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Thomas Wolf, Hugging Face

    Talk Title: An introduction to transfer learning in NLP and HuggingFace

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: In this talk I'll start by introducing the recent breakthroughs in NLP that resulted from the combination of Transfer Learning schemes and Transformer architectures. The second part of the talk will be dedicated to an introduction of the open-source tools released by HuggingFace, in particular our Transformers, Tokenizers and Datasets libraries and our models.


    Biography: Thomas Wolf is co founder and Chief Science Officer of HuggingFace. His team is on a mission to catalyze and democratize NLP research. Prior to HuggingFace, Thomas gained a Ph.D. in physics, and later a law degree. He worked as a physics researcher and a European Patent Attorney.


    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

    More Info: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Webcast: https://youtu.be/sKfRlPD8DhU

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://youtu.be/sKfRlPD8DhU

    Audiences: NL Seminar

    Contact: Petet Zamar

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