Paper: Analysing recall loss in named entity slot filling

ACL ID D14-1089
Title Analysing recall loss in named entity slot filling
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2014

State-of-the-art fact extraction is heavily constrained by recall, as demonstrated by recent performance in TAC Slot Filling. We isolate this recall loss for NE slots by systematically analysing each stage of the slot filling pipeline as a filter over correct answers. Recall is critical as candidates never generated can never be recovered, whereas precision can always be increased in downstream processing. We provide precise, empirical confirma- tion of previously hypothesised sources of recall loss in slot filling. While NE type constraints substantially reduce the search space with only a minor recall penalty, we find that 10% to 39% of slot fills will be entirely ignored by most systems. One in six correct answers are lost if coreference is not used, but this can be mostly retained by s...