Politeness Transfer: A Tag and Generate Approach

Aman Madaan, Amrith Setlur, Tanmay Parekh, Barnabas Poczos, Graham Neubig, Yiming Yang, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Alan W Black, Shrimai Prabhumoye


Abstract
This paper introduces a new task of politeness transfer which involves converting non-polite sentences to polite sentences while preserving the meaning. We also provide a dataset of more than 1.39 instances automatically labeled for politeness to encourage benchmark evaluations on this new task. We design a tag and generate pipeline that identifies stylistic attributes and subsequently generates a sentence in the target style while preserving most of the source content. For politeness as well as five other transfer tasks, our model outperforms the state-of-the-art methods on automatic metrics for content preservation, with a comparable or better performance on style transfer accuracy. Additionally, our model surpasses existing methods on human evaluations for grammaticality, meaning preservation and transfer accuracy across all the six style transfer tasks. The data and code is located at https://github.com/tag-and-generate.
Anthology ID:
2020.acl-main.169
Volume:
Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Month:
July
Year:
2020
Address:
Online
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ACL
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Publisher:
Association for Computational Linguistics
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Pages:
1869–1881
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URL:
https://aclanthology.org/2020.acl-main.169
DOI:
10.18653/v1/2020.acl-main.169
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Cite (ACL):
Aman Madaan, Amrith Setlur, Tanmay Parekh, Barnabas Poczos, Graham Neubig, Yiming Yang, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Alan W Black, and Shrimai Prabhumoye. 2020. Politeness Transfer: A Tag and Generate Approach. In Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, pages 1869–1881, Online. Association for Computational Linguistics.
Cite (Informal):
Politeness Transfer: A Tag and Generate Approach (Madaan et al., ACL 2020)
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PDF:
https://aclanthology.org/2020.acl-main.169.pdf
Video:
 http://slideslive.com/38929267
Code
 tag-and-generate/Politeness-Transfer-A-Tag-and-Generate-Approach +  additional community code