Curiosity in Self-supervised Active Word Learning

Gelderloos, L., Kamelabad, A. M. & Alishahi, A.


Cognitive models of child word learning in general, and cross-situational models in particular, characterize the learner as a passive observer. But children are curious and actively participate in verbal and non-verbal communication, and often introduce new topics which parents are likely to follow up (Bloom et al., 1996). We investigate the potential impact of curiosity on word learning through a series of computational experiments. Our simulation results show that a curious learner who actively and curiously influences the language input it receives learns faster and more robustly, and reaches better performance.

Published on: 2020-09-05 00:00:00 +0200


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Lieke Gelderloos, Alireza Mahmoudi Kamelabad, & Afra Alishahi (2020). Curiosity in self-supervised active word learning. In Proceedings of The 26th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing Conference (AMLaP 2020). Universit├Ąt Potsdam.

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