I'm trying to replicate the algorithm found in this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1506.07285.

And I'm struggling to understand the notation of equation 3 on page 4, which is given as:

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Is z(c,m,q) a matrix of the individual vectors? That wouldn't make sense, though, because the last two elements look like they would be scalars. I've read the paper and it doesn't say much about this equation. Perhaps they aren't revealing the full function and are only listing used parameters? Any ideas? The equation is used for gating in a recurrent neural network.

Edit: I understand what the individual parameters mean, but I don't understand how to define z(c,m,q), which I will need to know before I can implement equation 4.

  • $\begingroup$ What exactly do you mean by "this"? BTW, all these terms are described after equation (2) on the preceding page. $\endgroup$
    – whuber
    Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 16:18
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    – jstaker7
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I can't find a definitive answer, but the best guess I can come up with is that it is a concatenation of the individual vectors. This line in a Keras model is what prompted this guess:

model.add(Merge([sentrnn, qrnn], mode='concat')).

I've seen similar formatting here and there in other papers, sometimes like this:

sigma([vec1,vect2], vec3).

This would work for the equations above where the inner W(1) dimension equals the sum of the dimensions of the concatenated vectors.


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