DRAG: Director-Generator Language Modelling Framework for Non-Parallel Author Stylized Rewriting

EACL 2021

Published April 19, 2021

Hrituraj Singh, Gaurav Verma, Aparna Garimella, Balaji Vasan Srinivasan

Author stylized rewriting is the task of rewriting an input text in a particular author's style. Recent works in this area have leveraged Transformer-based language models in a denoising autoencoder setup to generate author stylized text without relying on a parallel corpus of data. However, these approaches are limited by the lack of explicit control of target attributes and being entirely data-driven. In this paper, we propose a Director-Generator framework to rewrite content in the target author's style, specifically focusing on certain target attributes. We show that our proposed framework works well even with a limited-sized target author corpus. Our experiments on corpora consisting of relatively small-sized text authored by three distinct authors show significant improvements upon existing works to rewrite input texts to target the author's style. Our quantitative and qualitative analyses further show that our model has better meaning retention and results in more fluent generations.

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