On the Calibration and Uncertainty with Pólya-Gamma Augmentation for Dialog Retrieval Models

An illustration of PG-DRR prediction models for dialog response retrieval


Deep neural retrieval models have amply demonstrated their power but estimating the reliability of their predictions remains challenging. Most dialog response retrieval models output a single score for a response on how relevant it is to a given question. However, the bad calibration of deep neural network results in various uncertainty for the single score such that the unreliable predictions always misinform user decisions. To investigate these issues, we present an efficient calibration and uncertainty estimation framework PG-DRR for dialog response retrieval models which adds a Gaussian Process layer to a deterministic deep neural network and recovers conjugacy for tractable posterior inference by Pólya-Gamma augmentation. Finally, PG-DRR achieves the lowest empirical calibration error (ECE) in the in-domain datasets and the distributional shift task while keeping R10@1 and MAP performance.

In Thirty-Seventh AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
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Shijing Si
Shijing Si
Ning Cheng
Ning Cheng