Convolutions and Self-Attention: Re-interpreting Relative Positions in...

This paper reveals the similarity of convolutions and self-attention from the perspective of relative position embeddings in the following formula.

\begin{equation}\label{eq:convq-convfixed} \begin{aligned} % Just using this to add a space below. \underbrace{\textstyle \frac{(\textbf{x}_i W^Q) (\textbf{x}_j W^K)^{T}}{\sqrt{d_h}}}_{\textrm{Self-attention}} + \underbrace{\textstyle \frac{(\textbf{x}_i W^Q)(W^C_{j-i})^T}{\sqrt{d_h}}}_{\substack{\textrm{Dynamic convolution} \\ \textrm{(relative embeddings)}}} + \underbrace{{\beta_{j-i}}}_{\substack{\textrm{Fixed} \\ \textrm{convolution}}} \\ \\ \end{aligned} % \addstackgap[6pt] \end{equation}

By combining these 3 terms together, their pre-trained BERT is able to obtain a very marginal improvement.


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