Team, Visitors, External Collaborators
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New Software and Platforms
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Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
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Section: New Results

Modeling of language variability via diachronic embeddings and extra-linguistic contextual features

Participants : Djamé Seddah, Benjamin Muller, Ganesh Jawahar, Benoît Sagot, Éric Villemonte de La Clergerie.

Following ALMAnaCH's participation in the 2017 CoNLL shared task on heavily multilingual dependency parsing in the Universal Dependency (hereafter UD) framework (we ranked 3rd/33 on part-of-speech tagging and 6th/33 on parsing), the team has taken part in the 2018 edition of the shared task. This year, most of the work was carried out by junior members of the team, for whom it was an interesting opportunity to gain experience on the development of NLP architectures and their deployment in the context of a shared task. It was also the opportunities to test new ideas.

We developed a neural dependency parser and a neural part-of-speech tagger, which we called ‘ELMoLex’ [21]. We augmented the deep Biaffine (BiAF) parser [64] with novel features to perform competitively: we utilize an in-domain version of ELMo features [77], which provide context-dependent word representations; we utilised disambiguated, embedded, morphosyntactic features extracted from our UD-compatible lexicons [26], which complements the existing feature set. In addition to incorporating character embeddings, ELMoLex leverages pre-trained word vectors, ELMo and morphosyntactic features (whenever available) to correctly handle rare or unknown words which are prevalent in languages with complex morphology. ELMoLex ranked 11th in terms of the Labeled Attachment Score metrics (70.64%) and the Morphology-aware LAS metrics (55.74%), and ranked 9th in terms of Bilexical dependency metric (60.70%). In an extrinsic evaluation setup, ELMoLex ranked 7th for Event Extraction, Negation Resolution tasks and 11th for Opinion Analysis task in terms of F1 score.