Paper: The Role of Implicit Argumentation in Nominal SRL

ACL ID N09-1017
Title The Role of Implicit Argumentation in Nominal SRL
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2009

Nominals frequently surface without overtly expressed arguments. In order to measure the potential benefit of nominal SRL for down- stream processes, such nominals must be ac- counted for. In this paper, we show that a state-of-the-art nominal SRL system with an overall argument F1 of 0.76 suffers a perfor- mance loss of more than 9% when nominals with implicit arguments are included in the evaluation. We then develop a system that takes implicit argumentation into account, im- proving overall performance by nearly 5%. Our results indicate that the degree of implicit argumentation varies widely across nominals, making automated detection of implicit argu- mentation an important step for nominal SRL.