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"Information Extraction": models, code, and papers

Automated PII Extraction from Social Media for Raising Privacy Awareness: A Deep Transfer Learning Approach

Nov 11, 2021
Yizhi Liu, Fang Yu Lin, Mohammadreza Ebrahimi, Weifeng Li, Hsinchun Chen

Internet users have been exposing an increasing amount of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on social media. Such exposed PII can cause severe losses to the users, and informing users of their PII exposure is crucial to raise their privacy awareness and encourage them to take protective measures. To this end, advanced automatic techniques are needed. While Information Extraction (IE) techniques can be used to extract the PII automatically, Deep Learning (DL)-based IE models alleviate the need for feature engineering and further improve the efficiency. However, DL-based IE models often require large-scale labeled data for training, but PII-labeled social media posts are difficult to obtain due to privacy concerns. Also, these models rely heavily on pre-trained word embeddings, while PII in social media often varies in forms and thus has no fixed representations in pre-trained word embeddings. In this study, we propose the Deep Transfer Learning for PII Extraction (DTL-PIIE) framework to address these two limitations. DTL-PIIE transfers knowledge learned from publicly available PII data to social media to address the problem of rare PII-labeled data. Moreover, our framework leverages Graph Convolutional Networks (GCNs) to incorporate syntactic patterns to guide PIIE without relying on pre-trained word embeddings. Evaluation against benchmark IE models indicates that our approach outperforms state-of-the-art DL-based IE models. Our framework can facilitate various applications, such as PII misuse prediction and privacy risk assessment, protecting the privacy of internet users.

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Keyphrase Extraction with Span-based Feature Representations

Feb 13, 2020
Funan Mu, Zhenting Yu, LiFeng Wang, Yequan Wang, Qingyu Yin, Yibo Sun, Liqun Liu, Teng Ma, Jing Tang, Xing Zhou

Keyphrases are capable of providing semantic metadata characterizing documents and producing an overview of the content of a document. Since keyphrase extraction is able to facilitate the management, categorization, and retrieval of information, it has received much attention in recent years. There are three approaches to address keyphrase extraction: (i) traditional two-step ranking method, (ii) sequence labeling and (iii) generation using neural networks. Two-step ranking approach is based on feature engineering, which is labor intensive and domain dependent. Sequence labeling is not able to tackle overlapping phrases. Generation methods (i.e., Sequence-to-sequence neural network models) overcome those shortcomings, so they have been widely studied and gain state-of-the-art performance. However, generation methods can not utilize context information effectively. In this paper, we propose a novelty Span Keyphrase Extraction model that extracts span-based feature representation of keyphrase directly from all the content tokens. In this way, our model obtains representation for each keyphrase and further learns to capture the interaction between keyphrases in one document to get better ranking results. In addition, with the help of tokens, our model is able to extract overlapped keyphrases. Experimental results on the benchmark datasets show that our proposed model outperforms the existing methods by a large margin.

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MixFormer: End-to-End Tracking with Iterative Mixed Attention

Mar 29, 2022
Yutao Cui, Cheng Jiang, Limin Wang, Gangshan Wu

Tracking often uses a multi-stage pipeline of feature extraction, target information integration, and bounding box estimation. To simplify this pipeline and unify the process of feature extraction and target information integration, we present a compact tracking framework, termed as MixFormer, built upon transformers. Our core design is to utilize the flexibility of attention operations, and propose a Mixed Attention Module (MAM) for simultaneous feature extraction and target information integration. This synchronous modeling scheme allows to extract target-specific discriminative features and perform extensive communication between target and search area. Based on MAM, we build our MixFormer tracking framework simply by stacking multiple MAMs with progressive patch embedding and placing a localization head on top. In addition, to handle multiple target templates during online tracking, we devise an asymmetric attention scheme in MAM to reduce computational cost, and propose an effective score prediction module to select high-quality templates. Our MixFormer sets a new state-of-the-art performance on five tracking benchmarks, including LaSOT, TrackingNet, VOT2020, GOT-10k, and UAV123. In particular, our MixFormer-L achieves NP score of 79.9% on LaSOT, 88.9% on TrackingNet and EAO of 0.555 on VOT2020. We also perform in-depth ablation studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of simultaneous feature extraction and information integration. Code and trained models are publicly available at

* Accepted to CVPR2022 (Oral) 
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Document-level Entity-based Extraction as Template Generation

Sep 10, 2021
Kung-Hsiang Huang, Sam Tang, Nanyun Peng

Document-level entity-based extraction (EE), aiming at extracting entity-centric information such as entity roles and entity relations, is key to automatic knowledge acquisition from text corpora for various domains. Most document-level EE systems build extractive models, which struggle to model long-term dependencies among entities at the document level. To address this issue, we propose a generative framework for two document-level EE tasks: role-filler entity extraction (REE) and relation extraction (RE). We first formulate them as a template generation problem, allowing models to efficiently capture cross-entity dependencies, exploit label semantics, and avoid the exponential computation complexity of identifying N-ary relations. A novel cross-attention guided copy mechanism, TopK Copy, is incorporated into a pre-trained sequence-to-sequence model to enhance the capabilities of identifying key information in the input document. Experiments done on the MUC-4 and SciREX dataset show new state-of-the-art results on REE (+3.26%), binary RE (+4.8%), and 4-ary RE (+2.7%) in F1 score.

* 13 pages. EMNLP 2021 
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Document-Level Event Role Filler Extraction using Multi-Granularity Contextualized Encoding

May 13, 2020
Xinya Du, Claire Cardie

Few works in the literature of event extraction have gone beyond individual sentences to make extraction decisions. This is problematic when the information needed to recognize an event argument is spread across multiple sentences. We argue that document-level event extraction is a difficult task since it requires a view of a larger context to determine which spans of text correspond to event role fillers. We first investigate how end-to-end neural sequence models (with pre-trained language model representations) perform on document-level role filler extraction, as well as how the length of context captured affects the models' performance. To dynamically aggregate information captured by neural representations learned at different levels of granularity (e.g., the sentence- and paragraph-level), we propose a novel multi-granularity reader. We evaluate our models on the MUC-4 event extraction dataset, and show that our best system performs substantially better than prior work. We also report findings on the relationship between context length and neural model performance on the task.

* Accepted to ACL 2020 (long papers), 12 pages 
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Joint Multimedia Event Extraction from Video and Article

Sep 27, 2021
Brian Chen, Xudong Lin, Christopher Thomas, Manling Li, Shoya Yoshida, Lovish Chum, Heng Ji, Shih-Fu Chang

Visual and textual modalities contribute complementary information about events described in multimedia documents. Videos contain rich dynamics and detailed unfoldings of events, while text describes more high-level and abstract concepts. However, existing event extraction methods either do not handle video or solely target video while ignoring other modalities. In contrast, we propose the first approach to jointly extract events from video and text articles. We introduce the new task of Video MultiMedia Event Extraction (Video M2E2) and propose two novel components to build the first system towards this task. First, we propose the first self-supervised multimodal event coreference model that can determine coreference between video events and text events without any manually annotated pairs. Second, we introduce the first multimodal transformer which extracts structured event information jointly from both videos and text documents. We also construct and will publicly release a new benchmark of video-article pairs, consisting of 860 video-article pairs with extensive annotations for evaluating methods on this task. Our experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed method on our new benchmark dataset. We achieve 6.0% and 5.8% absolute F-score gain on multimodal event coreference resolution and multimedia event extraction.

* To be presented at EMNLP 2021 findings 
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Healthcare Cost Prediction: Leveraging Fine-grain Temporal Patterns

Sep 14, 2020
Mohammad Amin Morid, Olivia R. Liu Sheng, Kensaku Kawamoto, Travis Ault, Josette Dorius, Samir Abdelrahman

Objective: To design and assess a method to leverage individuals' temporal data for predicting their healthcare cost. To achieve this goal, we first used patients' temporal data in their fine-grain form as opposed to coarse-grain form. Second, we devised novel spike detection features to extract temporal patterns that improve the performance of cost prediction. Third, we evaluated the effectiveness of different types of temporal features based on cost information, visit information and medical information for the prediction task. Materials and methods: We used three years of medical and pharmacy claims data from 2013 to 2016 from a healthcare insurer, where the first two years were used to build the model to predict the costs in the third year. To prepare the data for modeling and prediction, the time series data of cost, visit and medical information were extracted in the form of fine-grain features (i.e., segmenting each time series into a sequence of consecutive windows and representing each window by various statistics such as sum). Then, temporal patterns of the time series were extracted and added to fine-grain features using a novel set of spike detection features (i.e., the fluctuation of data points). Gradient Boosting was applied on the final set of extracted features. Moreover, the contribution of each type of data (i.e., cost, visit and medical) was assessed. Conclusions: Leveraging fine-grain temporal patterns for healthcare cost prediction significantly improves prediction performance. Enhancing fine-grain features with extraction of temporal cost and visit patterns significantly improved the performance. However, medical features did not have a significant effect on prediction performance. Gradient Boosting outperformed all other prediction models.

* Journal of biomedical informatics, 91 (2019) 
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SAIS: Supervising and Augmenting Intermediate Steps for Document-Level Relation Extraction

Sep 24, 2021
Yuxin Xiao, Zecheng Zhang, Yuning Mao, Carl Yang, Jiawei Han

Stepping from sentence-level to document-level relation extraction, the research community confronts increasing text length and more complicated entity interactions. Consequently, it is more challenging to encode the key sources of information--relevant contexts and entity types. However, existing methods only implicitly learn to model these critical information sources while being trained for relation extraction. As a result, they suffer the problems of ineffective supervision and uninterpretable model predictions. In contrast, we propose to explicitly teach the model to capture relevant contexts and entity types by supervising and augmenting intermediate steps (SAIS) for relation extraction. Based on a broad spectrum of carefully designed tasks, our proposed SAIS method not only extracts relations of better quality due to more effective supervision, but also retrieves the corresponding supporting evidence more accurately so as to enhance interpretability. By assessing model uncertainty, SAIS further boosts the performance via evidence-based data augmentation and ensemble inference while reducing the computational cost. Eventually, SAIS delivers state-of-the-art relation extraction results on three benchmarks (DocRED, CDR, and GDA) and achieves 5.04% relative gains in F1 score compared to the runner-up in evidence retrieval on DocRED.

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Large Language Models are Zero-Shot Clinical Information Extractors

May 25, 2022
Monica Agrawal, Stefan Hegselmann, Hunter Lang, Yoon Kim, David Sontag

We show that large language models, such as GPT-3, perform well at zero-shot information extraction from clinical text despite not being trained specifically for the clinical domain. We present several examples showing how to use these models as tools for the diverse tasks of (i) concept disambiguation, (ii) evidence extraction, (iii) coreference resolution, and (iv) concept extraction, all on clinical text. The key to good performance is the use of simple task-specific programs that map from the language model outputs to the label space of the task. We refer to these programs as resolvers, a generalization of the verbalizer, which defines a mapping between output tokens and a discrete label space. We show in our examples that good resolvers share common components (e.g., "safety checks" that ensure the language model outputs faithfully match the input data), and that the common patterns across tasks make resolvers lightweight and easy to create. To better evaluate these systems, we also introduce two new datasets for benchmarking zero-shot clinical information extraction based on manual relabeling of the CASI dataset (Moon et al., 2014) with labels for new tasks. On the clinical extraction tasks we studied, the GPT-3 + resolver systems significantly outperform existing zero- and few-shot baselines.

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Light Weight Residual Dense Attention Net for Spectral Reconstruction from RGB Images

Apr 19, 2020
D. Sabari Nathan, K. Uma, D Synthiya Vinothini, B. Sathya Bama, S. M. Md Mansoor Roomi

Hyperspectral Imaging is the acquisition of spectral and spatial information of a particular scene. Capturing such information from a specialized hyperspectral camera remains costly. Reconstructing such information from the RGB image achieves a better solution in both classification and object recognition tasks. This work proposes a novel light weight network with very less number of parameters about 233,059 parameters based on Residual dense model with attention mechanism to obtain this solution. This network uses Coordination Convolutional Block to get the spatial information. The weights from this block are shared by two independent feature extraction mechanisms, one by dense feature extraction and the other by the multiscale hierarchical feature extraction. Finally, the features from both the feature extraction mechanisms are globally fused to produce the 31 spectral bands. The network is trained with NTIRE 2020 challenge dataset and thus achieved 0.0457 MRAE metric value with less computational complexity.

* 6pages,4 figures 
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