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Unsupervised Ranking and Aggregation of Label Descriptions for Zero-Shot Classifiers

Apr 20, 2022
Angelo Basile, Marc Franco-Salvador, Paolo Rosso

Zero-shot text classifiers based on label descriptions embed an input text and a set of labels into the same space: measures such as cosine similarity can then be used to select the most similar label description to the input text as the predicted label. In a true zero-shot setup, designing good label descriptions is challenging because no development set is available. Inspired by the literature on Learning with Disagreements, we look at how probabilistic models of repeated rating analysis can be used for selecting the best label descriptions in an unsupervised fashion. We evaluate our method on a set of diverse datasets and tasks (sentiment, topic and stance). Furthermore, we show that multiple, noisy label descriptions can be aggregated to boost the performance.

* 6 pages, 2 figures 

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Fuzzy-Rough Nearest Neighbour Approaches for Emotion Detection in Tweets

Jul 08, 2021
Olha Kaminska, Chris Cornelis, Veronique Hoste

Social media are an essential source of meaningful data that can be used in different tasks such as sentiment analysis and emotion recognition. Mostly, these tasks are solved with deep learning methods. Due to the fuzzy nature of textual data, we consider using classification methods based on fuzzy rough sets. Specifically, we develop an approach for the SemEval-2018 emotion detection task, based on the fuzzy rough nearest neighbour (FRNN) classifier enhanced with ordered weighted average (OWA) operators. We use tuned ensembles of FRNN--OWA models based on different text embedding methods. Our results are competitive with the best SemEval solutions based on more complicated deep learning methods.

* The paper submitted to the IJCRS 2021 conference, organized jointly with IFSA-EUSFLAT 2021 

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Complaint Identification in Social Media with Transformer Networks

Oct 21, 2020
Mali Jin, Nikolaos Aletras

Complaining is a speech act extensively used by humans to communicate a negative inconsistency between reality and expectations. Previous work on automatically identifying complaints in social media has focused on using feature-based and task-specific neural network models. Adapting state-of-the-art pre-trained neural language models and their combinations with other linguistic information from topics or sentiment for complaint prediction has yet to be explored. In this paper, we evaluate a battery of neural models underpinned by transformer networks which we subsequently combine with linguistic information. Experiments on a publicly available data set of complaints demonstrate that our models outperform previous state-of-the-art methods by a large margin achieving a macro F1 up to 87.

* Accepted at COLING 2020 

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Towards Lossless Encoding of Sentences

Jun 04, 2019
Gabriele Prato, Mathieu Duchesneau, Sarath Chandar, Alain Tapp

A lot of work has been done in the field of image compression via machine learning, but not much attention has been given to the compression of natural language. Compressing text into lossless representations while making features easily retrievable is not a trivial task, yet has huge benefits. Most methods designed to produce feature rich sentence embeddings focus solely on performing well on downstream tasks and are unable to properly reconstruct the original sequence from the learned embedding. In this work, we propose a near lossless method for encoding long sequences of texts as well as all of their sub-sequences into feature rich representations. We test our method on sentiment analysis and show good performance across all sub-sentence and sentence embeddings.

* Accepted at ACL 2019 

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Convolutional Neural Networks with Recurrent Neural Filters

Aug 28, 2018
Yi Yang

We introduce a class of convolutional neural networks (CNNs) that utilize recurrent neural networks (RNNs) as convolution filters. A convolution filter is typically implemented as a linear affine transformation followed by a non-linear function, which fails to account for language compositionality. As a result, it limits the use of high-order filters that are often warranted for natural language processing tasks. In this work, we model convolution filters with RNNs that naturally capture compositionality and long-term dependencies in language. We show that simple CNN architectures equipped with recurrent neural filters (RNFs) achieve results that are on par with the best published ones on the Stanford Sentiment Treebank and two answer sentence selection datasets.

* Accepted by EMNLP 2018 as a short paper 

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Improving Distributed Representations of Tweets - Present and Future

Jun 29, 2017
Ganesh J

Unsupervised representation learning for tweets is an important research field which helps in solving several business applications such as sentiment analysis, hashtag prediction, paraphrase detection and microblog ranking. A good tweet representation learning model must handle the idiosyncratic nature of tweets which poses several challenges such as short length, informal words, unusual grammar and misspellings. However, there is a lack of prior work which surveys the representation learning models with a focus on tweets. In this work, we organize the models based on its objective function which aids the understanding of the literature. We also provide interesting future directions, which we believe are fruitful in advancing this field by building high-quality tweet representation learning models.

* To be presented in Student Research Workshop (SRW) at ACL 2017 

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Supervised Complementary Entity Recognition with Augmented Key-value Pairs of Knowledge

May 29, 2017
Hu Xu, Lei Shu, Philip S. Yu

Extracting opinion targets is an important task in sentiment analysis on product reviews and complementary entities (products) are one important type of opinion targets that may work together with the reviewed product. In this paper, we address the problem of Complementary Entity Recognition (CER) as a supervised sequence labeling with the capability of expanding domain knowledge as key-value pairs from unlabeled reviews, by automatically learning and enhancing knowledge-based features. We use Conditional Random Field (CRF) as the base learner and augment CRF with knowledge-based features (called the Knowledge-based CRF or KCRF for short). We conduct experiments to show that KCRF effectively improves the performance of supervised CER task.


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Q-WordNet PPV: Simple, Robust and (almost) Unsupervised Generation of Polarity Lexicons for Multiple Languages

Feb 06, 2017
Iñaki San Vicente, Rodrigo Agerri, German Rigau

This paper presents a simple, robust and (almost) unsupervised dictionary-based method, qwn-ppv (Q-WordNet as Personalized PageRanking Vector) to automatically generate polarity lexicons. We show that qwn-ppv outperforms other automatically generated lexicons for the four extrinsic evaluations presented here. It also shows very competitive and robust results with respect to manually annotated ones. Results suggest that no single lexicon is best for every task and dataset and that the intrinsic evaluation of polarity lexicons is not a good performance indicator on a Sentiment Analysis task. The qwn-ppv method allows to easily create quality polarity lexicons whenever no domain-based annotated corpora are available for a given language.

* Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2014), pages 88-97, Gothenburg, Sweden, April 26-30 2014 
* 8 pages plus 2 pages of references 

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Deep Learning with Eigenvalue Decay Regularizer

May 08, 2016
Oswaldo Ludwig

This paper extends our previous work on regularization of neural networks using Eigenvalue Decay by employing a soft approximation of the dominant eigenvalue in order to enable the calculation of its derivatives in relation to the synaptic weights, and therefore the application of back-propagation, which is a primary demand for deep learning. Moreover, we extend our previous theoretical analysis to deep neural networks and multiclass classification problems. Our method is implemented as an additional regularizer in Keras, a modular neural networks library written in Python, and evaluated in the benchmark data sets Reuters Newswire Topics Classification, IMDB database for binary sentiment classification, MNIST database of handwritten digits and CIFAR-10 data set for image classification.


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A Weak Supervised Dataset of Fine-Grained Emotions in Portuguese

Aug 17, 2021
Diogo Cortiz, Jefferson O. Silva, Newton Calegari, Ana Luísa Freitas, Ana Angélica Soares, Carolina Botelho, Gabriel Gaudencio Rêgo, Waldir Sampaio, Paulo Sergio Boggio

Affective Computing is the study of how computers can recognize, interpret and simulate human affects. Sentiment Analysis is a common task in NLP related to this topic, but it focuses only on emotion valence (positive, negative, neutral). An emerging approach in NLP is Emotion Recognition, which relies on fined-grained classification. This research describes an approach to create a lexical-based weak supervised corpus for fine-grained emotion in Portuguese. We evaluate our dataset by fine-tuning a transformer-based language model (BERT) and validating it on a Golden Standard annotated validation set. Our results (F1-score= .64) suggest lexical-based weak supervision as an appropriate strategy for initial work in low resources environment.


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