Paper: Semi-Supervised Cause Identification from Aviation Safety Reports

ACL ID P09-1095
Title Semi-Supervised Cause Identification from Aviation Safety Reports
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2009

We introduce cause identification, a new problem involving classification of in- cident reports in the aviation domain. Specifically, given a set of pre-defined causes, a cause identification system seeks to identify all and only those causes that can explain why the aviation incident de- scribed in a given report occurred. The dif- ficulty of cause identification stems in part from the fact that it is a multi-class, multi- label categorization task, and in part from the skewness of the class distributions and the scarcity of annotated reports. To im- prove the performance of a cause identi- fication system for the minority classes, we present a bootstrapping algorithm that automatically augments a training set by learning from a small amount of labeled data and a large amount of unlabeled...