Multi-task Learning of Negation and Speculation for Targeted Sentiment Classification

10/16/2020 ∙ by Andrew Moore, et al. ∙ 0

The majority of work in targeted sentiment analysis has concentrated on finding better methods to improve the overall results. Within this paper we show that these models are not robust to linguistic phenomena, specifically negation and speculation. In this paper, we propose a multi-task learning method to incorporate information from syntactic and semantic auxiliary tasks, including negation and speculation scope detection, to create models that are more robust to these phenomena. Further we create two challenge datasets to evaluate model performance on negated and speculative samples. We find that multi-task models and transfer learning from a language model can improve performance on these challenge datasets. However the results indicate that there is still much room for improvement in making our models more robust to linguistic phenomena such as negation and speculation.

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