decaNLP - The Natural Language Decathlon: A Multitask Challenge for NLP
The Natural Language Decathlon is a multitask challenge that spans ten tasks: question answering (SQuAD), machine translation (IWSLT), summarization (CNN/DM), natural language inference (MNLI), sentiment analysis (SST), semantic role labeling(QA‑SRL), zero-shot relation extraction (QA‑ZRE), goal-oriented dialogue (WOZ, semantic parsing (WikiSQL), and commonsense reasoning (MWSC). Each task is cast as question answering, which makes it possible to use our new Multitask Question Answering Network (MQAN). This model jointly learns all tasks in decaNLP without any task-specific modules or parameters in the multitask setting. For a more thorough introduction to decaNLP and the tasks, see the main website, our blog post, or the paper. While the research direction associated with this repository focused on multitask learning, the framework itself is designed in a way that should make single-task training, transfer learning, and zero-shot evaluation simple. Similarly, the paper focused on multitask learning as a form of question answering, but this framework can be easily adapted for different approached to single-task or multitask learning.