Microsoft Icecaps: An Open-Source Toolkit for Conversation Modeling

Vighnesh Leonardo Shiv, Chris Quirk, Anshuman Suri, Xiang Gao, Khuram Shahid, Nithya Govindarajan, Yizhe Zhang, Jianfeng Gao, Michel Galley, Chris Brockett, Tulasi Menon, Bill Dolan


Abstract
The Intelligent Conversation Engine: Code and Pre-trained Systems (Microsoft Icecaps) is an upcoming open-source natural language processing repository. Icecaps wraps TensorFlow functionality in a modular component-based architecture, presenting an intuitive and flexible paradigm for constructing sophisticated learning setups. Capabilities include multitask learning between models with shared parameters, upgraded language model decoding features, a range of built-in architectures, and a user-friendly data processing pipeline. The system is targeted toward conversational tasks, exploring diverse response generation, coherence, and knowledge grounding. Icecaps also provides pre-trained conversational models that can be either used directly or loaded for fine-tuning or bootstrapping other models; these models power an online demo of our framework.
Anthology ID:
P19-3021
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Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: System Demonstrations
Month:
July
Year:
2019
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Florence, Italy
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ACL
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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123–128
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P19-3021
DOI:
10.18653/v1/P19-3021
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