Alejandro Tlaie

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Hi Gianluca, it's great that you liked the post and the idea! I think that your approach and mine share things in common and that we have similar views on how activation steering might be useful!

I would definitely like to chat to see whether potential synergies come up :)

I agree that it is intriguing. Even if I'm currently testing the method on more established datasets, my intuition of why it works is as follows:

  1. Singular vectors correspond to the principal directions of data variance. In the context of LLMs, these directions capture significant patterns of moral and ethical reasoning embedded within the model's activations.

  2. While it seems that the largest singular vectors only preserve linear-algebra properties, they also encapsulate high-dimensional data structure, which I'd argue includes semantic and syntactic information. At the end of the day, these vectors represent directions along which the model activations vary the most, inherently encoding important semantic information.

Hi Charlie, thanks a lot for taking the time to read the post and for the question!

Regarding what was the idea of changing the activation histories: I wanted to capture token dependencies, as I thought that concepts that weren't captured by one token only (as in the case of ActAdd) would be better described by these history-dependent activations. As to why bringing the 3 relevant activation histories to the same size: that's for enabling comparison (and, ultimately, similarity).

Regarding why SVD: I decided to use SVD as it's one of the simplest and most ubiquitous matrix factorisation techniques out there (so I didn't need to validate it or benchmark it). Also, it allows for not-so-heavy computations, which is crucial because SARA is thought to be implemented at inference time.