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Towards Neural Information Extraction without Manual Annotated Data

  • Author / Creator
    Xu, Peng
  • Information extraction (IE) is one of the most important technologies in the information age. Applying information extraction to text is linked to the prob- lem of text simplification in order to create a structured view of the informa- tion present in free text. However, information extraction is a very challenging task, due to the inherent difficulties to understand natural language and the high cost to obtain large manual annotated training data. In this thesis, we build on the premise of performing automatic information extraction without manual annotated data following the distant supervision paradigm and present novel neural models for different IE tasks which are particularly suited for this setting. In the first part of the thesis, we focus on one IE task – fine-grained entity type classification (FETC) and propose the NFETC model – a single, much simpler and more elegant neural network model that attempts FETC “end- to-end” without post-processing or ad-hoc features. We study two kinds of noise, namely out-of-context noise and overly-specific noise, for noisy type labels and investigate their effects on FETC systems. We propose a neural network based model which jointly learns representations for entity mentions and their context. A variant of cross-entropy loss function is used to handle out-of-context noise. Hierarchical loss normalization is introduced into our model to alleviate the effect of overly-specific noise. In the second part of the thesis, we focus on another IE task – relation extraction (RE) and propose a neural model with multiple level of attention ii mechanisms. The model can make full use of all informative words and sen- tences and alleviate the wrong labelling problem for distant supervised relation extraction. In the third part of the thesis, we attempt to leverage knowledge base embedding methods to facilitate relation extraction and describe a novel neural framework Hrere to jointly learning heterogeneous representations from both text information and facts in an existing knowledge base. A novel loss function is introduced to connect the heterogeneous representations seamlessly allowing them to enhance each other. Overall, the work in this thesis tackles different tasks of IE under the setting of distant supervision with DNNs, different attentions, different loss functions and the help of knowledge base embeddings. All the proposed models got state-of-the-art performance in representative tasks.

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  • Graduation date
    2018-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3G44J63V
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