Exponential Family Word Embeddings: An Iterative Approach for Learning Word Vectors

Benjamin Baer, Skyler Seto, Martin T. Wells

Oct 22, 2018 NIPS 2018 Workshop IRASL Blind Submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: GloVe and Skip-gram word embedding methods learn word vectors by decomposing a denoised matrix of word co-occurrences into a product of low-rank matrices. In this work, we propose an iterative algorithm for computing word vectors based on modeling word co-occurrence matrices with Generalized Low Rank Models. Our algorithm generalizes both Skip-gram and GloVe as well as giving rise to other embedding methods based on the specified co-occurrence matrix, distribution of co-occurences, and the number of iterations in the iterative algorithm. For example, using a Tweedie distribution with one iteration results in GloVe and using a Multinomial distribution with full-convergence mode results in Skip-gram. Experimental results demonstrate that multiple iterations of our algorithm improves results over the GloVe method on the Google word analogy similarity task.
  • TL;DR: We present a novel iterative algorithm based on generalized low rank models for computing and interpreting word embedding models.
  • Keywords: Word embedding, Tweedie, GloVe, Skip-gram, Iteratively re-weighted least squares
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