Improving event detection with active learning

Kai Cao, Xiang Li, Miao Fan, Ralph Grishman

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Event Detection (ED), one aspect of Information Extraction, involves identifying instances of specified types of events in text. Much of the research on ED has been based on the specifications of the 2005 ACE [Automatic Content Extraction] event task1, and the associated annotated corpus. However, as the event instances in the ACE corpus are not evenly distributed, some frequent expressions involving ACE events do not appear in the training data, adversely affecting performance. In this paper, we demonstrate the effectiveness of a Pattern Expansion technique to import frequent patterns extracted from external corpora to boost ED performance. The experimental results show that our pattern-based system with the expanded patterns can achieve 70.4% (with 1.6% absolute improvement) F-measure over the baseline, an advance over current state-of-the-art systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-77
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Conference Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, RANLP
StatePublished - 2015
Event10th International Conference on Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, RANLP 2015 - Hissar, Bulgaria
Duration: Sep 7 2015Sep 9 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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