Zero-shot Neural Transfer for Cross-lingual Entity Linking

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Authors Graham Neubig, Jaime Carbonell, Jiateng Xie, Shruti Rijhwani
Journal/Conference Name 33rd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2019, 31st Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference, IAAI 2019 and the 9th AAAI Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence, EAAI 2019
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Paper Abstract Cross-lingual entity linking maps an entity mention in a source language to its corresponding entry in a structured knowledge base that is in a different (target) language. While previous work relies heavily on bilingual lexical resources to bridge the gap between the source and the target languages, these resources are scarce or unavailable for many low-resource languages. To address this problem, we investigate zero-shot cross-lingual entity linking, in which we assume no bilingual lexical resources are available in the source low-resource language. Specifically, we propose pivot-based entity linking, which leverages information from a high-resource "pivot" language to train character-level neural entity linking models that are transferred to the source low-resource language in a zero-shot manner. With experiments on 9 low-resource languages and transfer through a total of 54 languages, we show that our proposed pivot-based framework improves entity linking accuracy 17% (absolute) on average over the baseline systems, for the zero-shot scenario. Further, we also investigate the use of language-universal phonological representations which improves average accuracy (absolute) by 36% when transferring between languages that use different scripts.
Date of publication 2018
Code Programming Language Python
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