[1608.02927] Temporal Attention Model for Neural Machine Translation
Abstract: Attention-based Neural Machine Translation (NMT) models suffer from attention
deficiency issues as has been observed in recent research. We propose a novel
mechanism to address some of these limitations and improve the NMT attention.
Specifically, our approach memorizes the alignments temporally (within each
sentence) and modulates the attention with the accumulated temporal memory, as
the decoder generates the candidate translation. We compare our approach
against the baseline NMT model and two other related approaches that address
this issue either explicitly or implicitly. Large-scale experiments on two
language pairs show that our approach achieves better and robust gains over the
baseline and related NMT approaches. Our model further outperforms strong SMT
baselines in some settings even without using ensembles.