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"Information Extraction": models, code, and papers

Event extraction based on open information extraction and ontology

Jun 24, 2019
Sihem Sahnoun

The work presented in this master thesis consists of extracting a set of events from texts written in natural language. For this purpose, we have based ourselves on the basic notions of the information extraction as well as the open information extraction. First, we applied an open information extraction(OIE) system for the relationship extraction, to highlight the importance of OIEs in event extraction, and we used the ontology to the event modeling. We tested the results of our approach with test metrics. As a result, the two-level event extraction approach has shown good performance results but requires a lot of expert intervention in the construction of classifiers and this will take time. In this context we have proposed an approach that reduces the expert intervention in the relation extraction, the recognition of entities and the reasoning which are automatic and based on techniques of adaptation and correspondence. Finally, to prove the relevance of the extracted results, we conducted a set of experiments using different test metrics as well as a comparative study.

* arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1607.02784 by other authors 

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Pattern Matching and Discourse Processing in Information Extraction from Japanese Text

Aug 01, 1994
T. Kitani, Y. Eriguchi, M. Hara

Information extraction is the task of automatically picking up information of interest from an unconstrained text. Information of interest is usually extracted in two steps. First, sentence level processing locates relevant pieces of information scattered throughout the text; second, discourse processing merges coreferential information to generate the output. In the first step, pieces of information are locally identified without recognizing any relationships among them. A key word search or simple pattern search can achieve this purpose. The second step requires deeper knowledge in order to understand relationships among separately identified pieces of information. Previous information extraction systems focused on the first step, partly because they were not required to link up each piece of information with other pieces. To link the extracted pieces of information and map them onto a structured output format, complex discourse processing is essential. This paper reports on a Japanese information extraction system that merges information using a pattern matcher and discourse processor. Evaluation results show a high level of system performance which approaches human performance.

* Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Vol 2, (1994), 89-110 
* See http://www.jair.org/ for any accompanying files 

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Deep Reader: Information extraction from Document images via relation extraction and Natural Language

Dec 14, 2018
Vishwanath D, Rohit Rahul, Gunjan Sehgal, Swati, Arindam Chowdhury, Monika Sharma, Lovekesh Vig, Gautam Shroff, Ashwin Srinivasan

Recent advancements in the area of Computer Vision with state-of-art Neural Networks has given a boost to Optical Character Recognition (OCR) accuracies. However, extracting characters/text alone is often insufficient for relevant information extraction as documents also have a visual structure that is not captured by OCR. Extracting information from tables, charts, footnotes, boxes, headings and retrieving the corresponding structured representation for the document remains a challenge and finds application in a large number of real-world use cases. In this paper, we propose a novel enterprise based end-to-end framework called DeepReader which facilitates information extraction from document images via identification of visual entities and populating a meta relational model across different entities in the document image. The model schema allows for an easy to understand abstraction of the entities detected by the deep vision models and the relationships between them. DeepReader has a suite of state-of-the-art vision algorithms which are applied to recognize handwritten and printed text, eliminate noisy effects, identify the type of documents and detect visual entities like tables, lines and boxes. Deep Reader maps the extracted entities into a rich relational schema so as to capture all the relevant relationships between entities (words, textboxes, lines etc) detected in the document. Relevant information and fields can then be extracted from the document by writing SQL queries on top of the relationship tables. A natural language based interface is added on top of the relationship schema so that a non-technical user, specifying the queries in natural language, can fetch the information with minimal effort. In this paper, we also demonstrate many different capabilities of Deep Reader and report results on a real-world use case.

* Published in 3rd International Workshop on Robust Reading at Asian Conference of Computer Vision 2018 

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TRIE: End-to-End Text Reading and Information Extraction for Document Understanding

May 27, 2020
Peng Zhang, Yunlu Xu, Zhanzhan Cheng, Shiliang Pu, Jing Lu, Liang Qiao, Yi Niu, Fei Wu

Since real-world ubiquitous documents (e.g., invoices, tickets, resumes and leaflets) contain rich information, automatic document image understanding has become a hot topic. Most existing works decouple the problem into two separate tasks, (1) text reading for detecting and recognizing texts in the images and (2) information extraction for analyzing and extracting key elements from previously extracted plain text. However, they mainly focus on improving information extraction task, while neglecting the fact that text reading and information extraction are mutually correlated. In this paper, we propose a unified end-to-end text reading and information extraction network, where the two tasks can reinforce each other. Specifically, the multimodal visual and textual features of text reading are fused for information extraction and in turn, the semantics in information extraction contribute to the optimization of text reading. On three real-world datasets with diverse document images (from fixed layout to variable layout, from structured text to semi-structured text), our proposed method significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art methods in both efficiency and accuracy.


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Natural language processing for word sense disambiguation and information extraction

Apr 05, 2020
K. R. Chowdhary

This research work deals with Natural Language Processing (NLP) and extraction of essential information in an explicit form. The most common among the information management strategies is Document Retrieval (DR) and Information Filtering. DR systems may work as combine harvesters, which bring back useful material from the vast fields of raw material. With large amount of potentially useful information in hand, an Information Extraction (IE) system can then transform the raw material by refining and reducing it to a germ of original text. A Document Retrieval system collects the relevant documents carrying the required information, from the repository of texts. An IE system then transforms them into information that is more readily digested and analyzed. It isolates relevant text fragments, extracts relevant information from the fragments, and then arranges together the targeted information in a coherent framework. The thesis presents a new approach for Word Sense Disambiguation using thesaurus. The illustrative examples supports the effectiveness of this approach for speedy and effective disambiguation. A Document Retrieval method, based on Fuzzy Logic has been described and its application is illustrated. A question-answering system describes the operation of information extraction from the retrieved text documents. The process of information extraction for answering a query is considerably simplified by using a Structured Description Language (SDL) which is based on cardinals of queries in the form of who, what, when, where and why. The thesis concludes with the presentation of a novel strategy based on Dempster-Shafer theory of evidential reasoning, for document retrieval and information extraction. This strategy permits relaxation of many limitations, which are inherent in Bayesian probabilistic approach.

* 150 pages, PhD Thesis 

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Information Extraction Under Privacy Constraints

Jan 17, 2016
Shahab Asoodeh, Mario Diaz, Fady Alajaji, Tamás Linder

A privacy-constrained information extraction problem is considered where for a pair of correlated discrete random variables $(X,Y)$ governed by a given joint distribution, an agent observes $Y$ and wants to convey to a potentially public user as much information about $Y$ as possible without compromising the amount of information revealed about $X$. To this end, the so-called {\em rate-privacy function} is introduced to quantify the maximal amount of information (measured in terms of mutual information) that can be extracted from $Y$ under a privacy constraint between $X$ and the extracted information, where privacy is measured using either mutual information or maximal correlation. Properties of the rate-privacy function are analyzed and information-theoretic and estimation-theoretic interpretations of it are presented for both the mutual information and maximal correlation privacy measures. It is also shown that the rate-privacy function admits a closed-form expression for a large family of joint distributions of $(X,Y)$. Finally, the rate-privacy function under the mutual information privacy measure is considered for the case where $(X,Y)$ has a joint probability density function by studying the problem where the extracted information is a uniform quantization of $Y$ corrupted by additive Gaussian noise. The asymptotic behavior of the rate-privacy function is studied as the quantization resolution grows without bound and it is observed that not all of the properties of the rate-privacy function carry over from the discrete to the continuous case.

* 55 pages, 6 figures. Improved the organization and added detailed literature review 

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Pipelines for Procedural Information Extraction from Scientific Literature: Towards Recipes using Machine Learning and Data Science

Dec 16, 2019
Huichen Yang, Carlos A. Aguirre, Maria F. De La Torre, Derek Christensen, Luis Bobadilla, Emily Davich, Jordan Roth, Lei Luo, Yihong Theis, Alice Lam, T. Yong-Jin Han, David Buttler, William H. Hsu

This paper describes a machine learning and data science pipeline for structured information extraction from documents, implemented as a suite of open-source tools and extensions to existing tools. It centers around a methodology for extracting procedural information in the form of recipes, stepwise procedures for creating an artifact (in this case synthesizing a nanomaterial), from published scientific literature. From our overall goal of producing recipes from free text, we derive the technical objectives of a system consisting of pipeline stages: document acquisition and filtering, payload extraction, recipe step extraction as a relationship extraction task, recipe assembly, and presentation through an information retrieval interface with question answering (QA) functionality. This system meets computational information and knowledge management (CIKM) requirements of metadata-driven payload extraction, named entity extraction, and relationship extraction from text. Functional contributions described in this paper include semi-supervised machine learning methods for PDF filtering and payload extraction tasks, followed by structured extraction and data transformation tasks beginning with section extraction, recipe steps as information tuples, and finally assembled recipes. Measurable objective criteria for extraction quality include precision and recall of recipe steps, ordering constraints, and QA accuracy, precision, and recall. Results, key novel contributions, and significant open problems derived from this work center around the attribution of these holistic quality measures to specific machine learning and inference stages of the pipeline, each with their performance measures. The desired recipes contain identified preconditions, material inputs, and operations, and constitute the overall output generated by our computational information and knowledge management (CIKM) system.

* 15th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition Workshops (ICDARW 2019) 

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Spatial Dual-Modality Graph Reasoning for Key Information Extraction

Mar 26, 2021
Hongbin Sun, Zhanghui Kuang, Xiaoyu Yue, Chenhao Lin, Wayne Zhang

Key information extraction from document images is of paramount importance in office automation. Conventional template matching based approaches fail to generalize well to document images of unseen templates, and are not robust against text recognition errors. In this paper, we propose an end-to-end Spatial Dual-Modality Graph Reasoning method (SDMG-R) to extract key information from unstructured document images. We model document images as dual-modality graphs, nodes of which encode both the visual and textual features of detected text regions, and edges of which represent the spatial relations between neighboring text regions. The key information extraction is solved by iteratively propagating messages along graph edges and reasoning the categories of graph nodes. In order to roundly evaluate our proposed method as well as boost the future research, we release a new dataset named WildReceipt, which is collected and annotated tailored for the evaluation of key information extraction from document images of unseen templates in the wild. It contains 25 key information categories, a total of about 69000 text boxes, and is about 2 times larger than the existing public datasets. Extensive experiments validate that all information including visual features, textual features and spatial relations can benefit key information extraction. It has been shown that SDMG-R can effectively extract key information from document images of unseen templates, and obtain new state-of-the-art results on the recent popular benchmark SROIE and our WildReceipt. Our code and dataset will be publicly released.


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A frame semantic overview of NLP-based information extraction for cancer-related EHR notes

Apr 02, 2019
Surabhi Datta, Elmer V Bernstam, Kirk Roberts

Objective: There is a lot of information about cancer in Electronic Health Record (EHR) notes that can be useful for biomedical research provided natural language processing (NLP) methods are available to extract and structure this information. In this paper, we present a scoping review of existing clinical NLP literature for cancer. Methods: We identified studies describing an NLP method to extract specific cancer-related information from EHR sources from PubMed, Google Scholar, ACL Anthology, and existing reviews. Two exclusion criteria were used in this study. We excluded articles where the extraction techniques used were too broad to be represented as frames and also where very low-level extraction methods were used. 79 articles were included in the final review. We organized this information according to frame semantic principles to help identify common areas of overlap and potential gaps. Results: Frames were created from the reviewed articles pertaining to cancer information such as cancer diagnosis, tumor description, cancer procedure, breast cancer diagnosis, prostate cancer diagnosis and pain in prostate cancer patients. These frames included both a definition as well as specific frame elements (i.e. extractable attributes). We found that cancer diagnosis was the most common frame among the reviewed papers (36 out of 79), with recent work focusing on extracting information related to treatment and breast cancer diagnosis. Conclusion: The list of common frames described in this paper identifies important cancer-related information extracted by existing NLP techniques and serves as a useful resource for future researchers requiring cancer information extracted from EHR notes. We also argue, due to the heavy duplication of cancer NLP systems, that a general purpose resource of annotated cancer frames and corresponding NLP tools would be valuable.

* 2 figures, 4 tables 

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Better Call the Plumber: Orchestrating Dynamic Information Extraction Pipelines

Feb 22, 2021
Mohamad Yaser Jaradeh, Kuldeep Singh, Markus Stocker, Andreas Both, Sören Auer

In the last decade, a large number of Knowledge Graph (KG) information extraction approaches were proposed. Albeit effective, these efforts are disjoint, and their collective strengths and weaknesses in effective KG information extraction (IE) have not been studied in the literature. We propose Plumber, the first framework that brings together the research community's disjoint IE efforts. The Plumber architecture comprises 33 reusable components for various KG information extraction subtasks, such as coreference resolution, entity linking, and relation extraction. Using these components,Plumber dynamically generates suitable information extraction pipelines and offers overall 264 distinct pipelines.We study the optimization problem of choosing suitable pipelines based on input sentences. To do so, we train a transformer-based classification model that extracts contextual embeddings from the input and finds an appropriate pipeline. We study the efficacy of Plumber for extracting the KG triples using standard datasets over two KGs: DBpedia, and Open Research Knowledge Graph (ORKG). Our results demonstrate the effectiveness of Plumber in dynamically generating KG information extraction pipelines,outperforming all baselines agnostics of the underlying KG. Furthermore,we provide an analysis of collective failure cases, study the similarities and synergies among integrated components, and discuss their limitations.

* Accepted in ICWE 2021 

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Natural Language Processing for Information Extraction

Jul 06, 2018
Sonit Singh

With rise of digital age, there is an explosion of information in the form of news, articles, social media, and so on. Much of this data lies in unstructured form and manually managing and effectively making use of it is tedious, boring and labor intensive. This explosion of information and need for more sophisticated and efficient information handling tools gives rise to Information Extraction(IE) and Information Retrieval(IR) technology. Information Extraction systems takes natural language text as input and produces structured information specified by certain criteria, that is relevant to a particular application. Various sub-tasks of IE such as Named Entity Recognition, Coreference Resolution, Named Entity Linking, Relation Extraction, Knowledge Base reasoning forms the building blocks of various high end Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks such as Machine Translation, Question-Answering System, Natural Language Understanding, Text Summarization and Digital Assistants like Siri, Cortana and Google Now. This paper introduces Information Extraction technology, its various sub-tasks, highlights state-of-the-art research in various IE subtasks, current challenges and future research directions.

* 24 pages, 1 figure 

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Towards Robust Visual Information Extraction in Real World: New Dataset and Novel Solution

Jan 24, 2021
Jiapeng Wang, Chongyu Liu, Lianwen Jin, Guozhi Tang, Jiaxin Zhang, Shuaitao Zhang, Qianying Wang, Yaqiang Wu, Mingxiang Cai

Visual information extraction (VIE) has attracted considerable attention recently owing to its various advanced applications such as document understanding, automatic marking and intelligent education. Most existing works decoupled this problem into several independent sub-tasks of text spotting (text detection and recognition) and information extraction, which completely ignored the high correlation among them during optimization. In this paper, we propose a robust visual information extraction system (VIES) towards real-world scenarios, which is a unified end-to-end trainable framework for simultaneous text detection, recognition and information extraction by taking a single document image as input and outputting the structured information. Specifically, the information extraction branch collects abundant visual and semantic representations from text spotting for multimodal feature fusion and conversely, provides higher-level semantic clues to contribute to the optimization of text spotting. Moreover, regarding the shortage of public benchmarks, we construct a fully-annotated dataset called EPHOIE (https://github.com/HCIILAB/EPHOIE), which is the first Chinese benchmark for both text spotting and visual information extraction. EPHOIE consists of 1,494 images of examination paper head with complex layouts and background, including a total of 15,771 Chinese handwritten or printed text instances. Compared with the state-of-the-art methods, our VIES shows significant superior performance on the EPHOIE dataset and achieves a 9.01% F-score gain on the widely used SROIE dataset under the end-to-end scenario.

* 8 pages, 5 figures, to be published in AAAI 2021 

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FrameNet CNL: a Knowledge Representation and Information Extraction Language

Jun 10, 2014
Guntis Barzdins

The paper presents a FrameNet-based information extraction and knowledge representation framework, called FrameNet-CNL. The framework is used on natural language documents and represents the extracted knowledge in a tailor-made Frame-ontology from which unambiguous FrameNet-CNL paraphrase text can be generated automatically in multiple languages. This approach brings together the fields of information extraction and CNL, because a source text can be considered belonging to FrameNet-CNL, if information extraction parser produces the correct knowledge representation as a result. We describe a state-of-the-art information extraction parser used by a national news agency and speculate that FrameNet-CNL eventually could shape the natural language subset used for writing the newswire articles.

* CNL-2014 camera-ready version. The final publication is available at link.springer.com 

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CitationIE: Leveraging the Citation Graph for Scientific Information Extraction

Jun 03, 2021
Vijay Viswanathan, Graham Neubig, Pengfei Liu

Automatically extracting key information from scientific documents has the potential to help scientists work more efficiently and accelerate the pace of scientific progress. Prior work has considered extracting document-level entity clusters and relations end-to-end from raw scientific text, which can improve literature search and help identify methods and materials for a given problem. Despite the importance of this task, most existing works on scientific information extraction (SciIE) consider extraction solely based on the content of an individual paper, without considering the paper's place in the broader literature. In contrast to prior work, we augment our text representations by leveraging a complementary source of document context: the citation graph of referential links between citing and cited papers. On a test set of English-language scientific documents, we show that simple ways of utilizing the structure and content of the citation graph can each lead to significant gains in different scientific information extraction tasks. When these tasks are combined, we observe a sizable improvement in end-to-end information extraction over the state-of-the-art, suggesting the potential for future work along this direction. We release software tools to facilitate citation-aware SciIE development.

* ACL-IJCNLP 2021 camera-ready (long paper in main conference) 

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Open Information Extraction from Question-Answer Pairs

Apr 06, 2019
Nikita Bhutani, Yoshihiko Suhara, Wang-Chiew Tan, Alon Halevy, H. V. Jagadish

Open Information Extraction (OpenIE) extracts meaningful structured tuples from free-form text. Most previous work on OpenIE considers extracting data from one sentence at a time. We describe NeurON, a system for extracting tuples from question-answer pairs. Since real questions and answers often contain precisely the information that users care about, such information is particularly desirable to extend a knowledge base with. NeurON addresses several challenges. First, an answer text is often hard to understand without knowing the question, and second, relevant information can span multiple sentences. To address these, NeurON formulates extraction as a multi-source sequence-to-sequence learning task, wherein it combines distributed representations of a question and an answer to generate knowledge facts. We describe experiments on two real-world datasets that demonstrate that NeurON can find a significant number of new and interesting facts to extend a knowledge base compared to state-of-the-art OpenIE methods.

* NAACL 2019 

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Cross-Supervised Joint-Event-Extraction with Heterogeneous Information Networks

Oct 14, 2020
Yue Wang, Zhuo Xu, Lu Bai, Yao Wan, Lixin Cui, Qian Zhao, Edwin R. Hancock, Philip S. Yu

Joint-event-extraction, which extracts structural information (i.e., entities or triggers of events) from unstructured real-world corpora, has attracted more and more research attention in natural language processing. Most existing works do not fully address the sparse co-occurrence relationships between entities and triggers, which loses this important information and thus deteriorates the extraction performance. To mitigate this issue, we first define the joint-event-extraction as a sequence-to-sequence labeling task with a tag set composed of tags of triggers and entities. Then, to incorporate the missing information in the aforementioned co-occurrence relationships, we propose a Cross-Supervised Mechanism (CSM) to alternately supervise the extraction of either triggers or entities based on the type distribution of each other. Moreover, since the connected entities and triggers naturally form a heterogeneous information network (HIN), we leverage the latent pattern along meta-paths for a given corpus to further improve the performance of our proposed method. To verify the effectiveness of our proposed method, we conduct extensive experiments on four real-world datasets as well as compare our method with state-of-the-art methods. Empirical results and analysis show that our approach outperforms the state-of-the-art methods in both entity and trigger extraction.

* Accepted by ICPR 2020 

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DeepCPCFG: Deep Learning and Context Free Grammars for End-to-End Information Extraction

Mar 10, 2021
Freddy C. Chua, Nigel P. Duffy

We combine deep learning and Conditional Probabilistic Context Free Grammars (CPCFG) to create an end-to-end system for extracting structured information from complex documents. For each class of documents, we create a CPCFG that describes the structure of the information to be extracted. Conditional probabilities are modeled by deep neural networks. We use this grammar to parse 2-D documents to directly produce structured records containing the extracted information. This system is trained end-to-end with (Document, Record) pairs. We apply this approach to extract information from scanned invoices achieving state-of-the-art results.


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Doc2Dict: Information Extraction as Text Generation

May 16, 2021
Benjamin Townsend, Eamon Ito-Fisher, Lily Zhang, Madison May

Typically, information extraction (IE) requires a pipeline approach: first, a sequence labeling model is trained on manually annotated documents to extract relevant spans; then, when a new document arrives, a model predicts spans which are then post-processed and standardized to convert the information into a database entry. We replace this labor-intensive workflow with a transformer language model trained on existing database records to directly generate structured JSON. Our solution removes the workload associated with producing token-level annotations and takes advantage of a data source which is generally quite plentiful (e.g. database records). As long documents are common in information extraction tasks, we use gradient checkpointing and chunked encoding to apply our method to sequences of up to 32,000 tokens on a single GPU. Our Doc2Dict approach is competitive with more complex, hand-engineered pipelines and offers a simple but effective baseline for document-level information extraction. We release our Doc2Dict model and code to reproduce our experiments and facilitate future work.


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