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  1. Machine Reading Systems Are Becoming More Conversational

    A team of researchers from the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Group at Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) and the Speech Dialog Research Group at Microsoft Redmond are currently leading in the Conversational Question Answering (CoQA) Challenge organized by Stanford University. In this challenge, machines are measured…
    May 3, 2019
  2. Towards universal language embeddings

    Language embedding is a process of mapping symbolic natural language text (for example, words, phrases and sentences) to semantic vector representations. This is fundamental to deep learning approaches to natural language understanding (NLU). It is highly desirable to learn language embeddings that are universal to…
    March 18, 2019 by Jianfeng Gao
  3. Customized neural machine translation with Microsoft Translator

    Released in preview this week at Build 2018, the new Microsoft Translator custom feature lets users customize neural machine translation systems. These customizations can be applied to both text and speech translation workflows. Microsoft Translator released neural machine translation (NMT) in 2016. NMT provided major…
    May 7, 2018
  4. Boundary-seeking GANs: A new method for adversarial generation of discrete data

    Generative models are an important subset of machine learning goals and tasks that require realistic and statistically accurate generation of target data. Among all available generative models, generative adversarial networks (GANs) have emerged recently as a leading and state-of-the-art method, particularly in image generation tasks.…
    April 30, 2018 by Devon Hjelm and Athul Jacob
  5. QA model

    A Joint Model for Question Answering and Question Generation

    At the Microsoft Research Montreal lab, one of our primary research focuses is to advance the field of Question Answering. Automatic question-answering systems can provide humans with efficient access to vast amounts of information, and the task also acts as an important proxy for assessing…
    June 9, 2017