Integrating Linguistic Knowledge to Sentence Paraphrase Generation


  • Zibo Lin Tsinghua University
  • Ziran Li Tsinghua University
  • Ning Ding Tsinghua University
  • Hai-Tao Zheng Tsinghua University
  • Ying Shen Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School
  • Wei Wang Tsinghua University
  • Cong-Zhi Zhao Giiso Information Technology Co., Ltd



Paraphrase generation aims to rewrite a text with different words while keeping the same meaning. Previous work performs the task based solely on the given dataset while ignoring the availability of external linguistic knowledge. However, it is intuitive that a model can generate more expressive and diverse paraphrase with the help of such knowledge. To fill this gap, we propose Knowledge-Enhanced Paraphrase Network (KEPN), a transformer-based framework that can leverage external linguistic knowledge to facilitate paraphrase generation. (1) The model integrates synonym information from the external linguistic knowledge into the paraphrase generator, which is used to guide the decision on whether to generate a new word or replace it with a synonym. (2) To locate the synonym pairs more accurately, we adopt an incremental encoding scheme to incorporate position information of each synonym. Besides, a multi-task architecture is designed to help the framework jointly learn the selection of synonym pairs and the generation of expressive paraphrase. Experimental results on both English and Chinese datasets show that our method significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art approaches in terms of both automatic and human evaluation.




How to Cite

Lin, Z., Li, Z., Ding, N., Zheng, H.-T., Shen, Y., Wang, W., & Zhao, C.-Z. (2020). Integrating Linguistic Knowledge to Sentence Paraphrase Generation. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 34(05), 8368-8375.



AAAI Technical Track: Natural Language Processing