A Deep Reinforcement Learning Based Multi-Step Coarse to Fine Question Answering (MSCQA) System

  • Yu Wang Samsung Research America
  • Hongxia Jin Samsung Research America


In this paper, we present a multi-step coarse to fine question answering (MSCQA) system which can efficiently processes documents with different lengths by choosing appropriate actions. The system is designed using an actor-critic based deep reinforcement learning model to achieve multistep question answering. Compared to previous QA models targeting on datasets mainly containing either short or long documents, our multi-step coarse to fine model takes the merits from multiple system modules, which can handle both short and long documents. The system hence obtains a much better accuracy and faster trainings speed compared to the current state-of-the-art models. We test our model on four QA datasets, WIKEREADING, WIKIREADING LONG, CNN and SQuAD, and demonstrate 1.3%-1.7% accuracy improvements with 1.5x-3.4x training speed-ups in comparison to the baselines using state-of-the-art models.

AAAI Technical Track: Natural Language Processing