Bilingual Character Representation for Efficiently Addressing Out-of-Vocabulary Words in Code-Switching Named Entity Recognition

Published in Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Code-Switching in conjuction with ACL (top 2 systems), 2018

Recommended citation: Winata, G. I., Wu, C. S., Madotto, A., & Fung, P. (2018). Bilingual Character Representation for Efficiently Addressing Out-of-Vocabulary Words in Code-Switching Named Entity Recognition. ACL 2018, 18(31.84), 110. https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W18-32#page=122

We propose an LSTM-based model with hierarchical architecture on named entity recognition from code-switching Twitter data. Our model uses bilingual character representation and transfer learning to address out-of-vocabulary words. In order to mitigate data noise, we propose to use token replacement and normalization. In the 3rd Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Code-Switching Shared Task, we achieved second place with 62.76% harmonic mean F1-score for English-Spanish language pair without using any gazetteer and knowledge-based information.

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Recommended citation: Winata, G. I., Wu, C. S., Madotto, A., & Fung, P. (2018). Bilingual Character Representation for Efficiently Addressing Out-of-Vocabulary Words in Code-Switching Named Entity Recognition. ACL 2018, 18(31.84), 110.