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"Information Extraction": models, code, and papers

HySPA: Hybrid Span Generation for Scalable Text-to-Graph Extraction

Jun 30, 2021
Liliang Ren, Chenkai Sun, Heng Ji, Julia Hockenmaier

Text-to-Graph extraction aims to automatically extract information graphs consisting of mentions and types from natural language texts. Existing approaches, such as table filling and pairwise scoring, have shown impressive performance on various information extraction tasks, but they are difficult to scale to datasets with longer input texts because of their second-order space/time complexities with respect to the input length. In this work, we propose a Hybrid Span Generator (HySPA) that invertibly maps the information graph to an alternating sequence of nodes and edge types, and directly generates such sequences via a hybrid span decoder which can decode both the spans and the types recurrently in linear time and space complexities. Extensive experiments on the ACE05 dataset show that our approach also significantly outperforms state-of-the-art on the joint entity and relation extraction task.

* Accepted by ACL 2021 Findings 
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A Neural Edge-Editing Approach for Document-Level Relation Graph Extraction

Jun 18, 2021
Kohei Makino, Makoto Miwa, Yutaka Sasaki

In this paper, we propose a novel edge-editing approach to extract relation information from a document. We treat the relations in a document as a relation graph among entities in this approach. The relation graph is iteratively constructed by editing edges of an initial graph, which might be a graph extracted by another system or an empty graph. The way to edit edges is to classify them in a close-first manner using the document and temporally-constructed graph information; each edge is represented with a document context information by a pretrained transformer model and a graph context information by a graph convolutional neural network model. We evaluate our approach on the task to extract material synthesis procedures from materials science texts. The experimental results show the effectiveness of our approach in editing the graphs initialized by our in-house rule-based system and empty graphs.

* Accepted for publication at the Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Findings-ACL2021), 2021. 10 pages, 6 figures, 8 tables 
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Does constituency analysis enhance domain-specific pre-trained BERT models for relation extraction?

Nov 25, 2021
Anfu Tang, Louise Deléger, Robert Bossy, Pierre Zweigenbaum, Claire Nédellec

Recently many studies have been conducted on the topic of relation extraction. The DrugProt track at BioCreative VII provides a manually-annotated corpus for the purpose of the development and evaluation of relation extraction systems, in which interactions between chemicals and genes are studied. We describe the ensemble system that we used for our submission, which combines predictions of fine-tuned bioBERT, sciBERT and const-bioBERT models by majority voting. We specifically tested the contribution of syntactic information to relation extraction with BERT. We observed that adding constituentbased syntactic information to BERT improved precision, but decreased recall, since relations rarely seen in the train set were less likely to be predicted by BERT models in which the syntactic information is infused. Our code is available online [].

* BioCreative VII Challenge Evaluation Workshop, Nov 2021, on-line, Spain 
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An Agent based Approach towards Metadata Extraction, Modelling and Information Retrieval over the Web

Aug 07, 2010
Zeeshan Ahmed, Detlef Gerhard

Web development is a challenging research area for its creativity and complexity. The existing raised key challenge in web technology technologic development is the presentation of data in machine read and process able format to take advantage in knowledge based information extraction and maintenance. Currently it is not possible to search and extract optimized results using full text queries because there is no such mechanism exists which can fully extract the semantic from full text queries and then look for particular knowledge based information.

* In the proceedings of First International Workshop on Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web in conjunction with the 6th International Semantic Web Conference and the 2nd Asian Semantic Web Conference 2007, (ISWC + ASWC 2007), P 117, 12-15 November 2007 
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SymbioLCD: Ensemble-Based Loop Closure Detection using CNN-Extracted Objects and Visual Bag-of-Words

Oct 21, 2021
Jonathan J. Y. Kim, Martin Urschler, Patricia J. Riddle, Jörg S. Wicker

Loop closure detection is an essential tool of Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) to minimize drift in its localization. Many state-of-the-art loop closure detection (LCD) algorithms use visual Bag-of-Words (vBoW), which is robust against partial occlusions in a scene but cannot perceive the semantics or spatial relationships between feature points. CNN object extraction can address those issues, by providing semantic labels and spatial relationships between objects in a scene. Previous work has mainly focused on replacing vBoW with CNN-derived features. In this paper, we propose SymbioLCD, a novel ensemble-based LCD that utilizes both CNN-extracted objects and vBoW features for LCD candidate prediction. When used in tandem, the added elements of object semantics and spatial-awareness create a more robust and symbiotic loop closure detection system. The proposed SymbioLCD uses scale-invariant spatial and semantic matching, Hausdorff distance with temporal constraints, and a Random Forest that utilizes combined information from both CNN-extracted objects and vBoW features for predicting accurate loop closure candidates. Evaluation of the proposed method shows it outperforms other Machine Learning (ML) algorithms - such as SVM, Decision Tree and Neural Network, and demonstrates that there is a strong symbiosis between CNN-extracted object information and vBoW features which assists accurate LCD candidate prediction. Furthermore, it is able to perceive loop closure candidates earlier than state-of-the-art SLAM algorithms, utilizing added spatial and semantic information from CNN-extracted objects.

* 7 pages. Accepted at 2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 
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Extracting Information-rich Part of Texts using Text Denoising

Jul 30, 2013
Rushdi Shams

The aim of this paper is to report on a novel text reduction technique, called Text Denoising, that highlights information-rich content when processing a large volume of text data, especially from the biomedical domain. The core feature of the technique, the text readability index, embodies the hypothesis that complex text is more information-rich than the rest. When applied on tasks like biomedical relation bearing text extraction, keyphrase indexing and extracting sentences describing protein interactions, it is evident that the reduced set of text produced by text denoising is more information-rich than the rest.

* 26th Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence (CAI-2013), Regina, Canada, May 29-31, 2013 
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Aspect-Based Opinion Extraction from Customer reviews

Apr 08, 2014
Amani K Samha, Yuefeng Li, Jinglan Zhang

Text is the main method of communicating information in the digital age. Messages, blogs, news articles, reviews, and opinionated information abound on the Internet. People commonly purchase products online and post their opinions about purchased items. This feedback is displayed publicly to assist others with their purchasing decisions, creating the need for a mechanism with which to extract and summarize useful information for enhancing the decision-making process. Our contribution is to improve the accuracy of extraction by combining different techniques from three major areas, named Data Mining, Natural Language Processing techniques and Ontologies. The proposed framework sequentially mines products aspects and users opinions, groups representative aspects by similarity, and generates an output summary. This paper focuses on the task of extracting product aspects and users opinions by extracting all possible aspects and opinions from reviews using natural language, ontology, and frequent (tag) sets. The proposed framework, when compared with an existing baseline model, yielded promising results.

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Named entity recognition in chemical patents using ensemble of contextual language models

Jul 24, 2020
Jenny Copara, Nona Naderi, Julien Knafou, Patrick Ruch, Douglas Teodoro

Chemical patent documents describe a broad range of applications holding key information, such as chemical compounds, reactions, and specific properties. However, the key information should be enabled to be utilized in downstream tasks. Text mining provides means to extract relevant information from chemical patents through information extraction techniques. As part of the Information Extraction task of the Cheminformatics Elseiver Melbourne University challenge, in this work we study the effectiveness of contextualized language models to extract reaction information in chemical patents. We compare transformer architectures trained on a generic corpus with models specialised in chemistry patents, and propose a new model based on the combination of existing architectures. Our best model, based on the ensemble approach, achieves an exact F1-score of 92.30% and a relaxed F1 -score of 96.24%. We show that the ensemble of contextualized language models provides an effective method to extract information from chemical patents. As a next step, we will investigate the effect of transformer language models pre-trained in chemical patents.

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Entity Extraction from Wikipedia List Pages

Mar 11, 2020
Nicolas Heist, Heiko Paulheim

When it comes to factual knowledge about a wide range of domains, Wikipedia is often the prime source of information on the web. DBpedia and YAGO, as large cross-domain knowledge graphs, encode a subset of that knowledge by creating an entity for each page in Wikipedia, and connecting them through edges. It is well known, however, that Wikipedia-based knowledge graphs are far from complete. Especially, as Wikipedia's policies permit pages about subjects only if they have a certain popularity, such graphs tend to lack information about less well-known entities. Information about these entities is oftentimes available in the encyclopedia, but not represented as an individual page. In this paper, we present a two-phased approach for the extraction of entities from Wikipedia's list pages, which have proven to serve as a valuable source of information. In the first phase, we build a large taxonomy from categories and list pages with DBpedia as a backbone. With distant supervision, we extract training data for the identification of new entities in list pages that we use in the second phase to train a classification model. With this approach we extract over 700k new entities and extend DBpedia with 7.5M new type statements and 3.8M new facts of high precision.

* Preprint of a full paper at European Semantic Web Conference 2020 (ESWC 2020) 
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Principled network extraction from images

Dec 23, 2020
Diego Baptista, Caterina De Bacco

Images of natural systems may represent patterns of network-like structure, which could reveal important information about the topological properties of the underlying subject. However, the image itself does not automatically provide a formal definition of a network in terms of sets of nodes and edges. Instead, this information should be suitably extracted from the raw image data. Motivated by this, we present a principled model to extract network topologies from images that is scalable and efficient. We map this goal into solving a routing optimization problem where the solution is a network that minimizes an energy function which can be interpreted in terms of an operational and infrastructural cost. Our method relies on recent results from optimal transport theory and is a principled alternative to standard image-processing techniques that are based on heuristics. We test our model on real images of the retinal vascular system, slime mold and river networks and compare with routines combining image-processing techniques. Results are tested in terms of a similarity measure related to the amount of information preserved in the extraction. We find that our model finds networks from retina vascular network images that are more similar to hand-labeled ones, while also giving high performance in extracting networks from images of rivers and slime mold for which there is no ground truth available. While there is no unique method that fits all the images the best, our approach performs consistently across datasets, its algorithmic implementation is efficient and can be fully automatized to be run on several datasets with little supervision.

* 8 figures 
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