Learning Gender-Neutral Word Embeddings

Jieyu Zhao, Yichao Zhou, Zeyu Li, Wei Wang, and Kai-Wei Chang, in EMNLP (short), 2018.

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Word embeddings have become a fundamental component in a wide range of Natu-ral Language Processing (NLP) applications.However, these word embeddings trained onhuman-generated corpora inherit strong gen-der stereotypes that reflect social constructs.In this paper, we propose a novel word em-bedding model, De-GloVe, that preserves gen-der information in certain dimensions of wordvectors while compelling other dimensions tobe free of gender influence. Quantitative andqualitative experiments demonstrate that De-GloVe successfully isolates gender informa-tion without sacrificing the functionality of theembedding model.

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  author = {Zhao, Jieyu and Zhou, Yichao and Li, Zeyu and Wang, Wei and Chang, Kai-Wei},
  title = {Learning Gender-Neutral Word Embeddings},
  booktitle = {EMNLP (short)},
  year = {2018}