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Workshop: InterNLP: Workshop on Interactive Learning for Natural Language Processing

Anca Dragan: Learning human preferences from language

Anca Dragan


Abstract:

In classic instruction following, language like "I'd like the JetBlue flight" maps to actions (e.g., selecting that flight). However, language also conveys information about a user's underlying reward function (e.g., a general preference for JetBlue), which can allow a model to carry out desirable actions in new contexts. In this talk, I'll share a model that infers rewards from language pragmatically: reasoning about how speakers choose utterances not only to elicit desired actions, but also to reveal information about their preferences.

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