Mining Discourse Markers for Unsupervised Sentence Representation Learning

ACL 2019

Mining Discourse Markers for Unsupervised Sentence Representation Learning

Jan 19, 2021
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Abstract: Current state of the art systems in NLP heavily rely on manually annotated datasets, which are expensive to construct. Very little work adequately exploits unannotated data -- such as discourse markers between sentences -- mainly because of data sparseness and ineffective extraction methods. In the present work, we propose a method to automatically discover sentence pairs with relevant discourse markers, and apply it to massive amounts of data. Our resulting dataset contains 174 discourse markers with at least 10k examples each, even for rare markers such as coincidentally or amazingly We use the resulting data as supervision for learning transferable sentence embeddings. In addition, we show that even though sentence representation learning through prediction of discourse markers yields state of the art results across different transfer tasks, it is not clear that our models made use of the semantic relation between sentences, thus leaving room for further improvements. Authors: Damien Sileo, Tim Van-De-Cruys, Camille Pradel, Philippe Muller (Synapse Developpement, IRIT, University of Toulouse)

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