Document-level Event-based Extraction Using Generative Template-filling Transformers

08/21/2020 ∙ by Xinya Du, et al. ∙ 0

We revisit the classic information extraction problem of document-level template filling. We argue that sentence-level approaches are ill-suited to the task and introduce a generative transformer-based encoder-decoder framework that is designed to model context at the document level: it can make extraction decisions across sentence boundaries; is implicitly aware of noun phrase coreference structure, and has the capacity to respect cross-role dependencies in the template structure. We evaluate our approach on the MUC-4 dataset, and show that our model performs substantially better than prior work. We also show that our modeling choices contribute to model performance, e.g., by implicitly capturing linguistic knowledge such as recognizing coreferent entity mentions. Our code for the evaluation script and models will be open-sourced at https://github.com/xinyadu/doc_event_entity for reproduction purposes.

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