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NLP News Cypher | 03.01.20
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NLP News Cypher | 03.01.20

Last Updated on July 24, 2023 by Editorial Team

Author(s): Ricky Costa

Originally published on Towards AI.

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NLP News Cypher U+007C 03.01.20

Beyond Here Lies Nothing…

As you may have guessed, current laws that govern simple systems (i.e. Newtonian physics) allow for the observation of independent variables. That is, if you were to observe a variable in this so-called simple system, information isn’t lost from other variables in the system of observation.

Observing the trajectory of Venus doesn’t impact the trajectory of Earth.

However, this independence becomes difficult to observe accurately as we increase the number of variables, and where we find existing relationships between variables. These variables, that usually come in clusters or systems, which are inter-dependent are the units that make up a complex system.

Various complex systems exist in present reality, or what Neo would call the Matrix, such as: evolutionary processes, climate, the brain, language (NLP?), and even the stock market…

Let’s take a variable “sentiment” and a complex system “stock market”. If we were to observe the state of the stock market from the perspective of news headlines and attempt to classify whether a headline is bullish, bearish or neutral; we would soon realize we are in the throes of complexity.

Here’s an example, let’s say we have this headline:

Gold is up 6% in the pre-market as the downward pressure of the coronavirus outbreak weighs on equity stocks.

What do you think is the ground-truth sentiment for this headline? Well gold is up that’s good (bullish right?), but wait it’s saying equities are down (bearish then?), right but it’s saying both pos/neg statements in the headline (so it’s neutral right?!U+1F937‍U+2642️). It seems as though the packets of information in the headline are not independent, we lose information from reducing sentiment down to a clause. You guessed it, natural language is hard homies!


Let us meditate on this until next week (cliffhanger), in the meantime, this is what our upcoming demo of a real-time platform that classifies financial news by topics/sentiment looks like U+1F447. Haven’t finished deploying, if you want early access please DM me on El Twitter.


How was your week?

This Week:

Machine Learning TOKYO

Decompose, that is the Question

NLP Getting Multi-Lingual

Show me TensorFlow for $100 Alex

Colab Demo for NER Task

Hey BERT… Welcome to the Matrix

Dataset of the Week: HotpotQA

Machine Learning TOKYO

Sometimes, a repo page comes along and saves the day. This bad boy holds links to the MIT lecture series on a variety of topics from CV, NLP, and RL!


Open Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning lectures from top Universities like Stanford University, MIT, UC…

Decompose, that is the Question

New paper shows how decomposing a complex question into small sub-questions helps improve performance on the task of question answering. They use an unsupervised decomposition model to decompose questions extracted from the Common Crawl, they then use a standard QA model to answer them which is then used to downstream on multi-hop questions on HotpotQA dataset.


A thread written by @EthanJPerez

New! "Unsupervised Question Decomposition for Question Answering": We decompose a hard Q into several, easier Qs with…



NLP Getting Multi-Lingual

Mr. Abed built a sentiment analysis tool for the Arabic language using MULTIFIT model and deployed on Heroku!


Arabic Text Classification

Using this neural nets model (MULTIFiT), you can classify Arabic reviews or similar text as positive or negative…

Show me TensorFlow for $100 Alex

TensorFlow announced last week they will retweet models that you share on their ML tracking platform TensorBoard. If you want your app to get coverage either on social media or possibly at their dev summit, here’s the details:


A managed TensorBoard experience that lets you upload and share your ML experiment results with anyone.

Colab Demo for NER Task

Sick of using GPU in your colab notebook U+1F622? Mr. Rush has released a colab notebook that uses TPUs to train a transformer for named entity recognition on PyTorch! (it uses PyTorch Lightning)


Google Colaboratory

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U+1F917 Transformers: State-of-the-art Natural Language Processing for TensorFlow 2.0 and PyTorch. …

Hey BERT… Welcome to the Matrix

There’s a hidden treasure trove of treats on GitHub. Someone found a repo that holds A TON of papers on everything BERT! And I mean everything!


BERT-related papers. Contribute to tomohideshibata/BERT-related-papers development by creating an account on GitHub.

Dataset of the Week: HotpotQA

What is it?

“It’s a question answering dataset featuring natural, multi-hop questions, with strong supervision for supporting facts to enable more explainable question answering systems.”


HotpotQA: A Dataset for Diverse, Explainable Multi-hop Question Answering

Explore HotpotQA

Where is it?


HotpotQA is a question answering dataset featuring natural, multi-hop questions, with strong supervision for supporting…

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