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Self-Attentive Constituency Parsing for UCCA-based Semantic Parsing

Oct 01, 2021
Necva Bölücü, Burcu Can

Semantic parsing provides a way to extract the semantic structure of a text that could be understood by machines. It is utilized in various NLP applications that require text comprehension such as summarization and question answering. Graph-based representation is one of the semantic representation approaches to express the semantic structure of a text. Such representations generate expressive and adequate graph-based target structures. In this paper, we focus primarily on UCCA graph-based semantic representation. The paper not only presents the existing approaches proposed for UCCA representation, but also proposes a novel self-attentive neural parsing model for the UCCA representation. We present the results for both single-lingual and cross-lingual tasks using zero-shot and few-shot learning for low-resource languages.


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Stylometry for Noisy Medieval Data: Evaluating Paul Meyer's Hagiographic Hypothesis

Dec 07, 2020
Jean-Baptiste Camps, Thibault Clérice, Ariane Pinche

Stylometric analysis of medieval vernacular texts is still a significant challenge: the importance of scribal variation, be it spelling or more substantial, as well as the variants and errors introduced in the tradition, complicate the task of the would-be stylometrist. Basing the analysis on the study of the copy from a single hand of several texts can partially mitigate these issues (Camps and Cafiero, 2013), but the limited availability of complete diplomatic transcriptions might make this difficult. In this paper, we use a workflow combining handwritten text recognition and stylometric analysis, applied to the case of the hagiographic works contained in MS BnF, fr. 412. We seek to evaluate Paul Meyer's hypothesis about the constitution of groups of hagiographic works, as well as to examine potential authorial groupings in a vastly anonymous corpus.


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Attending the Emotions to Detect Online Abusive Language

Sep 06, 2019
Niloofar Safi Samghabadi, Afsheen Hatami, Mahsa Shafaei, Sudipta Kar, Thamar Solorio

In recent years, abusive behavior has become a serious issue in online social networks. In this paper, we present a new corpus from a semi-anonymous social media platform, which contains the instances of offensive and neutral classes. We introduce a single deep neural architecture that considers both local and sequential information from the text in order to detect abusive language. Along with this model, we introduce a new attention mechanism called emotion-aware attention. This mechanism utilizes the emotions behind the text to find the most important words within that text. We experiment with this model on our dataset and later present the analysis. Additionally, we evaluate our proposed method on different corpora and show new state-of-the-art results with respect to offensive language detection.


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WSLLN: Weakly Supervised Natural Language Localization Networks

Aug 31, 2019
Mingfei Gao, Larry S. Davis, Richard Socher, Caiming Xiong

We propose weakly supervised language localization networks (WSLLN) to detect events in long, untrimmed videos given language queries. To learn the correspondence between visual segments and texts, most previous methods require temporal coordinates (start and end times) of events for training, which leads to high costs of annotation. WSLLN relieves the annotation burden by training with only video-sentence pairs without accessing to temporal locations of events. With a simple end-to-end structure, WSLLN measures segment-text consistency and conducts segment selection (conditioned on the text) simultaneously. Results from both are merged and optimized as a video-sentence matching problem. Experiments on ActivityNet Captions and DiDeMo demonstrate that WSLLN achieves state-of-the-art performance.

* accepted by EMNLP2019 

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StonkBERT: Can Language Models Predict Medium-Run Stock Price Movements?

Feb 04, 2022
Stefan Pasch, Daniel Ehnes

To answer this question, we fine-tune transformer-based language models, including BERT, on different sources of company-related text data for a classification task to predict the one-year stock price performance. We use three different types of text data: News articles, blogs, and annual reports. This allows us to analyze to what extent the performance of language models is dependent on the type of the underlying document. StonkBERT, our transformer-based stock performance classifier, shows substantial improvement in predictive accuracy compared to traditional language models. The highest performance was achieved with news articles as text source. Performance simulations indicate that these improvements in classification accuracy also translate into above-average stock market returns.


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Weakly Supervised Contrastive Learning for Chest X-Ray Report Generation

Sep 25, 2021
An Yan, Zexue He, Xing Lu, Jiang Du, Eric Chang, Amilcare Gentili, Julian McAuley, Chun-Nan Hsu

Radiology report generation aims at generating descriptive text from radiology images automatically, which may present an opportunity to improve radiology reporting and interpretation. A typical setting consists of training encoder-decoder models on image-report pairs with a cross entropy loss, which struggles to generate informative sentences for clinical diagnoses since normal findings dominate the datasets. To tackle this challenge and encourage more clinically-accurate text outputs, we propose a novel weakly supervised contrastive loss for medical report generation. Experimental results demonstrate that our method benefits from contrasting target reports with incorrect but semantically-close ones. It outperforms previous work on both clinical correctness and text generation metrics for two public benchmarks.

* Findings of EMNLP 2021 

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Refocusing on Relevance: Personalization in NLG

Sep 10, 2021
Shiran Dudy, Steven Bedrick, Bonnie Webber

Many NLG tasks such as summarization, dialogue response, or open domain question answering focus primarily on a source text in order to generate a target response. This standard approach falls short, however, when a user's intent or context of work is not easily recoverable based solely on that source text -- a scenario that we argue is more of the rule than the exception. In this work, we argue that NLG systems in general should place a much higher level of emphasis on making use of additional context, and suggest that relevance (as used in Information Retrieval) be thought of as a crucial tool for designing user-oriented text-generating tasks. We further discuss possible harms and hazards around such personalization, and argue that value-sensitive design represents a crucial path forward through these challenges.

* was accepted to EMNLP 2021 main conference 

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Joint Energy-based Model Training for Better Calibrated Natural Language Understanding Models

Jan 18, 2021
Tianxing He, Bryan McCann, Caiming Xiong, Ehsan Hosseini-Asl

In this work, we explore joint energy-based model (EBM) training during the finetuning of pretrained text encoders (e.g., Roberta) for natural language understanding (NLU) tasks. Our experiments show that EBM training can help the model reach a better calibration that is competitive to strong baselines, with little or no loss in accuracy. We discuss three variants of energy functions (namely scalar, hidden, and sharp-hidden) that can be defined on top of a text encoder, and compare them in experiments. Due to the discreteness of text data, we adopt noise contrastive estimation (NCE) to train the energy-based model. To make NCE training more effective, we train an auto-regressive noise model with the masked language model (MLM) objective.

* EACL 2021 

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Language Independent Sentiment Analysis

Jan 23, 2020
Muhammad Haroon Shakeel, Turki Alghamidi, Safi Faizullah, Imdadullah Khan

Social media platforms and online forums generate rapid and increasing amount of textual data. Businesses, government agencies, and media organizations seek to perform sentiment analysis on this rich text data. The results of these analytics are used for adapting marketing strategies, customizing products, security and various other decision makings. Sentiment analysis has been extensively studied and various methods have been developed for it with great success. These methods, however apply to texts written in a specific language. This limits applicability to a limited demographic and a specific geographic region. In this paper we propose a general approach for sentiment analysis on data containing texts from multiple languages. This enables all the applications to utilize the results of sentiment analysis in a language oblivious or language-independent fashion.


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