Domain Adaptation of Recurrent Neural Networks for Natural Language Understanding

Aaron Jaech, Larry Heck, Mari Ostendorf


The goal of this paper is to use multi-task learning to efficiently scale slot filling models for natural language understanding to handle multiple target tasks or domains. The key to scalability is reducing the amount of training data needed to learn a model for a new task. The proposed multi-task model delivers better performance with less data by leveraging patterns that it learns from the other tasks. The approach supports an open vocabulary, which allows the models to generalize to unseen words, which is particularly important when very little training data is used. A newly collected crowd-sourced data set, covering four different domains, is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the domain adaptation and open vocabulary techniques.


DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1598

Cite as

Jaech, A., Heck, L., Ostendorf, M. (2016) Domain Adaptation of Recurrent Neural Networks for Natural Language Understanding. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 690-694.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Jaech+2016,
author={Aaron Jaech and Larry Heck and Mari Ostendorf},
title={Domain Adaptation of Recurrent Neural Networks for Natural Language Understanding},
year=2016,
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},
doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1598},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1598},
pages={690--694}
}