Jonghyuk Park


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Interactive Acquisition of Fine-grained Visual Concepts by Exploiting Semantics of Generic Characterizations in Discourse
Jonghyuk Park | Alex Lascarides | Subramanian Ramamoorthy
Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computational Semantics

Interactive Task Learning (ITL) concerns learning about unforeseen domain concepts via natural interactions with human users. The learner faces a number of significant constraints: learning should be online, incremental and few-shot, as it is expected to perform tangible belief updates right after novel words denoting unforeseen concepts are introduced. In this work, we explore a challenging symbol grounding task—discriminating among object classes that look very similar—within the constraints imposed by ITL. We demonstrate empirically that more data-efficient grounding results from exploiting the truth-conditions of the teacher’s generic statements (e.g., “Xs have attribute Z.”) and their implicatures in context (e.g., as an answer to “How are Xs and Ys different?”, one infers Y lacks attribute Z).