Deep Bayesian data mining

Jen Tzung Chien*

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This tutorial addresses the fundamentals and advances in deep Bayesian mining and learning for natural language with ubiquitous applications ranging from speech recognition [7, 55] to document summarization [8], text classification [5, 75], text segmentation [18], information extraction [50], image caption generation [69, 72], sentence generation [25, 46], dialogue control [22, 76], sentiment classification, recommendation system, question answering [58] and machine translation [2], to name a few. Traditionally, “deep learning” is taken to be a learning process where the inference or optimization is based on the real-valued deterministic model. The “semantic structure” in words, sentences, entities, actions and documents drawn from a large vocabulary may not be well expressed or correctly optimized in mathematical logic or computer programs. The “distribution function” in discrete or continuous latent variable model for natural language may not be properly decomposed or estimated. This tutorial addresses the fundamentals of statistical models and neural networks, and focus on a series of advanced Bayesian models and deep models including hierarchical Dirichlet process [61], Chinese restaurant process [4], hierarchical Pitman-Yor process [60], Indian buffet process [35], recurrent neural network (RNN) [26, 41, 48, 65], long short-term memory, sequence-to-sequence model [59], variational auto-encoder (VAE) [44], generative adversarial network (GAN) [36], attention mechanism [27, 56], memory-augmented neural network [39, 58], skip neural network [6], temporal difference VAE [40], stochastic neural network [3, 47], stochastic temporal convolutional network [1], predictive state neural network [31], and policy neural network [49, 74]. Enhancing the prior/posterior representation is addressed [53, 62]. We present how these models are connected and why they work for a variety of applications on symbolic and complex patterns in natural language. The variational inference and sampling method are formulated to tackle the optimization for complicated models [54]. The word and sentence embeddings, clustering and co-clustering are merged with linguistic and semantic constraints. A series of case studies, tasks and applications are presented to tackle different issues in deep Bayesian mining, searching, learning and understanding. At last, we will point out a number of directions and outlooks for future studies. This tutorial serves the objectives to introduce novices to major topics within deep Bayesian learning, motivate and explain a topic of emerging importance for data mining and natural language understanding, and present a novel synthesis combining distinct lines of machine learning work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWSDM 2020 - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368223
StatePublished - 20 Jan 2020
Event13th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, WSDM 2020 - Houston, United States
Duration: 3 Feb 20207 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameWSDM 2020 - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining


Conference13th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, WSDM 2020
CountryUnited States


  • Bayesian learning
  • Data mining
  • Deep learning
  • Information retrieval
  • Natural language processing

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