Cohere For AI - Guest Speaker: Shehzaad Dhuliawala, PhD Student


Date: Apr 01, 2024

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Online

Description: Generation of plausible yet incorrect factual information, termed hallucination, is an unsolved issue in large language models. We study the ability of language models to deliberate on the responses they give in order to correct their mistakes. We develop the Chain-of-Verification (CoVe) method whereby the model first (i) drafts an initial response; then (ii) plans verification questions to fact-check its draft; (iii) answers those questions independently so the answers are not biased by other responses; and (iv) generates its final verified response. In experiments, we show CoVe decreases hallucinations across a variety of tasks, from list-based questions from Wikidata, closed book MultiSpanQA and longform text generation. 

About the speaker: "I am a PhD student at ETH Zürich where I am advised by Prof. Mrinmaya Sachan and Prof. Thomas HofmannBefore that, I spent two years as a Research Engineer at Microsoft Research Montréal where I worked with T.J. Hazen. Previously, I was a Master's student at UMass Amherst where I was advised by Prof. Andrew Mccallum.I am interested in building reasoning systems that are explainable, trustable, and robust to distributional shifts. Broadly, I work on machine learning and study its application in various fields of natural language processing.I am grateful to be a recipient of the IBM PhD fellowship 2021I'm spending the summer of 2023 at FAIR interning with Jason Weston"

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