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"Information Extraction": models, code, and papers

Enhancing Intra-class Information Extraction for Heterophilous Graphs: One Neural Architecture Search Approach

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Nov 20, 2022
Lanning Wei, Zhiqiang He, Huan Zhao, Quanming Yao

In recent years, Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) have been popular in graph representation learning which assumes the homophily property, i.e., the connected nodes have the same label or have similar features. However, they may fail to generalize into the heterophilous graphs which in the low/medium level of homophily. Existing methods tend to address this problem by enhancing the intra-class information extraction, i.e., either by designing better GNNs to improve the model effectiveness, or re-designing the graph structures to incorporate more potential intra-class nodes from distant hops. Despite the success, we observe two aspects that can be further improved: (a) enhancing the ego feature information extraction from node itself which is more reliable in extracting the intra-class information; (b) designing node-wise GNNs can better adapt to the nodes with different homophily ratios. In this paper, we propose a novel method IIE-GNN (Intra-class Information Enhanced Graph Neural Networks) to achieve two improvements. A unified framework is proposed based on the literature, in which the intra-class information from the node itself and neighbors can be extracted based on seven carefully designed blocks. With the help of neural architecture search (NAS), we propose a novel search space based on the framework, and then provide an architecture predictor to design GNNs for each node. We further conduct experiments to show that IIE-GNN can improve the model performance by designing node-wise GNNs to enhance intra-class information extraction.


Gradient Imitation Reinforcement Learning for General Low-Resource Information Extraction

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Nov 14, 2022
Xuming Hu, Shiao Meng, Chenwei Zhang, Xiangli Yang, Lijie Wen, Irwin King, Philip S. Yu

Information Extraction (IE) aims to extract structured information from heterogeneous sources. IE from natural language texts include sub-tasks such as Named Entity Recognition (NER), Relation Extraction (RE), and Event Extraction (EE). Most IE systems require comprehensive understandings of sentence structure, implied semantics, and domain knowledge to perform well; thus, IE tasks always need adequate external resources and annotations. However, it takes time and effort to obtain more human annotations. Low-Resource Information Extraction (LRIE) strives to use unsupervised data, reducing the required resources and human annotation. In practice, existing systems either utilize self-training schemes to generate pseudo labels that will cause the gradual drift problem, or leverage consistency regularization methods which inevitably possess confirmation bias. To alleviate confirmation bias due to the lack of feedback loops in existing LRIE learning paradigms, we develop a Gradient Imitation Reinforcement Learning (GIRL) method to encourage pseudo-labeled data to imitate the gradient descent direction on labeled data, which can force pseudo-labeled data to achieve better optimization capabilities similar to labeled data. Based on how well the pseudo-labeled data imitates the instructive gradient descent direction obtained from labeled data, we design a reward to quantify the imitation process and bootstrap the optimization capability of pseudo-labeled data through trial and error. In addition to learning paradigms, GIRL is not limited to specific sub-tasks, and we leverage GIRL to solve all IE sub-tasks (named entity recognition, relation extraction, and event extraction) in low-resource settings (semi-supervised IE and few-shot IE).

* This work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication. This work is a substantially extended version of arXiv:2109.06415, with the summary of difference provided in the appendix 

TIER-A: Denoising Learning Framework for Information Extraction

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Nov 13, 2022
Yongkang Li, Ming Zhang

With the development of deep neural language models, great progress has been made in information extraction recently. However, deep learning models often overfit on noisy data points, leading to poor performance. In this work, we examine the role of information entropy in the overfitting process and draw a key insight that overfitting is a process of overconfidence and entropy decreasing. Motivated by such properties, we propose a simple yet effective co-regularization joint-training framework TIER-A, Aggregation Joint-training Framework with Temperature Calibration and Information Entropy Regularization. Our framework consists of several neural models with identical structures. These models are jointly trained and we avoid overfitting by introducing temperature and information entropy regularization. Extensive experiments on two widely-used but noisy datasets, TACRED and CoNLL03, demonstrate the correctness of our assumption and the effectiveness of our framework.


Data-efficient End-to-end Information Extraction for Statistical Legal Analysis

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Nov 03, 2022
Wonseok Hwang, Saehee Eom, Hanuhl Lee, Hai Jin Park, Minjoon Seo

Legal practitioners often face a vast amount of documents. Lawyers, for instance, search for appropriate precedents favorable to their clients, while the number of legal precedents is ever-growing. Although legal search engines can assist finding individual target documents and narrowing down the number of candidates, retrieved information is often presented as unstructured text and users have to examine each document thoroughly which could lead to information overloading. This also makes their statistical analysis challenging. Here, we present an end-to-end information extraction (IE) system for legal documents. By formulating IE as a generation task, our system can be easily applied to various tasks without domain-specific engineering effort. The experimental results of four IE tasks on Korean precedents shows that our IE system can achieve competent scores (-2.3 on average) compared to the rule-based baseline with as few as 50 training examples per task and higher score (+5.4 on average) with 200 examples. Finally, our statistical analysis on two case categories--drunk driving and fraud--with 35k precedents reveals the resulting structured information from our IE system faithfully reflects the macroscopic features of Korean legal system.

* NLLP workshop @ EMNLP 2022 

IELM: An Open Information Extraction Benchmark for Pre-Trained Language Models

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Oct 25, 2022
Chenguang Wang, Xiao Liu, Dawn Song

We introduce a new open information extraction (OIE) benchmark for pre-trained language models (LM). Recent studies have demonstrated that pre-trained LMs, such as BERT and GPT, may store linguistic and relational knowledge. In particular, LMs are able to answer ``fill-in-the-blank'' questions when given a pre-defined relation category. Instead of focusing on pre-defined relations, we create an OIE benchmark aiming to fully examine the open relational information present in the pre-trained LMs. We accomplish this by turning pre-trained LMs into zero-shot OIE systems. Surprisingly, pre-trained LMs are able to obtain competitive performance on both standard OIE datasets (CaRB and Re-OIE2016) and two new large-scale factual OIE datasets (TAC KBP-OIE and Wikidata-OIE) that we establish via distant supervision. For instance, the zero-shot pre-trained LMs outperform the F1 score of the state-of-the-art supervised OIE methods on our factual OIE datasets without needing to use any training sets. Our code and datasets are available at

* EMNLP 2022. arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:2010.11967 

Cross-domain Variational Capsules for Information Extraction

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Oct 13, 2022
Akash Nagaraj, Akhil K, Akshay Venkatesh, Srikanth HR

In this paper, we present a characteristic extraction algorithm and the Multi-domain Image Characteristics Dataset of characteristic-tagged images to simulate the way a human brain classifies cross-domain information and generates insight. The intent was to identify prominent characteristics in data and use this identification mechanism to auto-generate insight from data in other unseen domains. An information extraction algorithm is proposed which is a combination of Variational Autoencoders (VAEs) and Capsule Networks. Capsule Networks are used to decompose images into their individual features and VAEs are used to explore variations on these decomposed features. Thus, making the model robust in recognizing characteristics from variations of the data. A noteworthy point is that the algorithm uses efficient hierarchical decoding of data which helps in richer output interpretation. Noticing a dearth in the number of datasets that contain visible characteristics in images belonging to various domains, the Multi-domain Image Characteristics Dataset was created and made publicly available. It consists of thousands of images across three domains. This dataset was created with the intent of introducing a new benchmark for fine-grained characteristic recognition tasks in the future.

* In Innovations in Computer Science and Engineering, pp. 63-72. Springer, Singapore, 2021 
* This paper was originally written in 2020 

MEE: A Novel Multilingual Event Extraction Dataset

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Nov 17, 2022
Amir Pouran Ben Veyseh, Javid Ebrahimi, Franck Dernoncourt, Thien Huu Nguyen

Event Extraction (EE) is one of the fundamental tasks in Information Extraction (IE) that aims to recognize event mentions and their arguments (i.e., participants) from text. Due to its importance, extensive methods and resources have been developed for Event Extraction. However, one limitation of current research for EE involves the under-exploration for non-English languages in which the lack of high-quality multilingual EE datasets for model training and evaluation has been the main hindrance. To address this limitation, we propose a novel Multilingual Event Extraction dataset (MEE) that provides annotation for more than 50K event mentions in 8 typologically different languages. MEE comprehensively annotates data for entity mentions, event triggers and event arguments. We conduct extensive experiments on the proposed dataset to reveal challenges and opportunities for multilingual EE.

* Accepted at EMNLP 2022 

Reliable Extraction of Semantic Information and Rate of Innovation Estimation for Graph Signals

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Nov 10, 2022
Mert Kalfa, Sadik Yagiz Yetim, Arda Atalik, Mehmetcan Gok, Yiqun Ge, Rong Li, Wen Tong, Tolga Mete Duman, Orhan Arikan

Semantic signal processing and communications are poised to play a central part in developing the next generation of sensor devices and networks. A crucial component of a semantic system is the extraction of semantic signals from the raw input signals, which has become increasingly tractable with the recent advances in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. The accurate extraction of semantic signals using the aforementioned ML and AI methods, and the detection of semantic innovation for scheduling transmission and/or storage events are critical tasks for reliable semantic signal processing and communications. In this work, we propose a reliable semantic information extraction framework based on our previous work on semantic signal representations in a hierarchical graph-based structure. The proposed framework includes a time integration method to increase fidelity of ML outputs in a class-aware manner, a graph-edit-distance based metric to detect innovation events at the graph-level and filter out sporadic errors, and a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) to produce smooth and reliable graph signals. The proposed methods within the framework are demonstrated individually and collectively through simulations and case studies based on real-world computer vision examples.


When to Use What: An In-Depth Comparative Empirical Analysis of OpenIE Systems for Downstream Applications

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Nov 15, 2022
Kevin Pei, Ishan Jindal, Kevin Chen-Chuan Chang, Chengxiang Zhai, Yunyao Li

Open Information Extraction (OpenIE) has been used in the pipelines of various NLP tasks. Unfortunately, there is no clear consensus on which models to use in which tasks. Muddying things further is the lack of comparisons that take differing training sets into account. In this paper, we present an application-focused empirical survey of neural OpenIE models, training sets, and benchmarks in an effort to help users choose the most suitable OpenIE systems for their applications. We find that the different assumptions made by different models and datasets have a statistically significant effect on performance, making it important to choose the most appropriate model for one's applications. We demonstrate the applicability of our recommendations on a downstream Complex QA application.

* 13 pages, 0 figures 

ALBERT with Knowledge Graph Encoder Utilizing Semantic Similarity for Commonsense Question Answering

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Nov 14, 2022
Byeongmin Choi, YongHyun Lee, Yeunwoong Kyung, Eunchan Kim

Recently, pre-trained language representation models such as bidirectional encoder representations from transformers (BERT) have been performing well in commonsense question answering (CSQA). However, there is a problem that the models do not directly use explicit information of knowledge sources existing outside. To augment this, additional methods such as knowledge-aware graph network (KagNet) and multi-hop graph relation network (MHGRN) have been proposed. In this study, we propose to use the latest pre-trained language model a lite bidirectional encoder representations from transformers (ALBERT) with knowledge graph information extraction technique. We also propose to applying the novel method, schema graph expansion to recent language models. Then, we analyze the effect of applying knowledge graph-based knowledge extraction techniques to recent pre-trained language models and confirm that schema graph expansion is effective in some extent. Furthermore, we show that our proposed model can achieve better performance than existing KagNet and MHGRN models in CommonsenseQA dataset.

* Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing, vol. 36, no.1, pp. 71-82, 2023 
* 12 pages, 9 figures