Discriminative Log-Linear Grammars with Latent Variables

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 20 (NIPS 2007)

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Slav Petrov, Dan Klein


We demonstrate that log-linear grammars with latent variables can be practically trained using discriminative methods. Central to efficient discriminative training is a hierarchical pruning procedure which allows feature expectations to be effi- ciently approximated in a gradient-based procedure. We compare L1 and L2 reg- ularization and show that L1 regularization is superior, requiring fewer iterations to converge, and yielding sparser solutions. On full-scale treebank parsing exper- iments, the discriminative latent models outperform both the comparable genera- tive latent models as well as the discriminative non-latent baselines.