Paper: Can Document Selection Help Semi-supervised Learning? A Case Study On Event Extraction

ACL ID P11-2045
Title Can Document Selection Help Semi-supervised Learning? A Case Study On Event Extraction
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2011
Authors

Annotating training data for event extraction is tedious and labor-intensive. Most current event extraction tasks rely on hundreds of annotated documents, but this is often not enough. In this paper, we present a novel self-training strategy, which uses Information Retrieval (IR) to collect a cluster of related documents as the resource for bootstrapping. Also, based on the particular characteristics of this corpus, global inference is applied to provide more confident and informative data selection. We compare this approach to self-training on a normal newswire corpus and show that IR can provide a better corpus for bootstrapping and that global inference can further improve instance selection. We obtain gains of 1.7% in trigger labeling and 2.3% in role labeling throu...