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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Jiao Sun

    Mon, Sep 11, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Thesis Proposal - Jiao Sun

    Committee Members: Xuezhe (Max) Ma (Chair), Nanyun (Violet) Peng, Johnathan May, Cyrus Shahabi, O Leary Dan

    Title: Discovering and Addressing the Pitfalls in Practical Text Generation

    Abstract: Research in language models has advanced at an incredible place, to the point where it is making its way to our daily lives of not only NLP researchers but also outsiders. However, there are some pitfalls that will hurt the utility of generative models and even exclude certain groups from using such models. In this talk, I will do a thorough reality check for each stage of text generation: data, model, and evaluation, and ask three main questions: how will data quality impact the utility of generation? Are we building the right models for the right purpose? How reliable are current evaluation metrics? I will ground these questions by my recent works on investigating the utility of free form rationales, a brand new set up for pun generation and dialect robust evaluation of generated text. In final remarks, I will discuss some future research perspectives on building trustworthy generation systems.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 306

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/my/jiaosun


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