Chunyang Xiao, PhD student in team Synalp will defend the thesis the Thursay 14th of December at 9.00 am in room A008. The these is entitled : “Neural-Symbolic Learning for Semantic Parsing”.
Our goal in this thesis is to build a system that answers a natural language question (NL) by representing its semantics as a logical form (LF) and then computing the answer by executing the LF over a knowledge base. The core part of such a system is the semantic parser that maps questions to logical forms.
Our focus is how to build high-performance semantic parsers by learning from (NL, LF) pairs. We propose to combine recurrent neural networks (RNNs) with symbolic prior knowledge expressed through context-free grammars (CFGs) and automata. By integrating CFGs over LFs into the RNN training and inference processes, we guarantee that the generated logical forms are well-formed; by integrating, through weighted automata, prior knowledge over the presence of certain entities in the LF, we further enhance the performance of our models. Experimentally, we show that our approach achieves better performance than previous semantic parsers not using neural networks as well as RNNs not informed by such prior knowledge.