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A Guide to State of the Art Object Detection for Multimodal NLP

Tai Mai

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a computational linguist and chances are you have not had a lot of contact with computer vision. You might even think to yourself “Well yeah, why would I? It has nothing to do with language, does it?” But what if a language model could also rely on visual signals and ground language? This would definitely help in many situations: Take, for example, ambiguous formulations where textual context alone cannot decide whether “Help me into the car!” would refer to an automobile or a train car. As it turns out, people are working very hard on exactly that; combining computer vision with natural language processing (NLP). This is a case of so called Multimodal Learning.