BERTSel: Answer Selection with Pre-trained Models

18 May 2019  ·  Dongfang Li, Yifei Yu, Qingcai Chen, Xinyu Li ·

Recently, pre-trained models have been the dominant paradigm in natural language processing. They achieved remarkable state-of-the-art performance across a wide range of related tasks, such as textual entailment, natural language inference, question answering, etc... BERT, proposed by Devlin et.al., has achieved a better marked result in GLUE leaderboard with a deep transformer architecture. Despite its soaring popularity, however, BERT has not yet been applied to answer selection. This task is different from others with a few nuances: first, modeling the relevance and correctness of candidates matters compared to semantic relatedness and syntactic structure; second, the length of an answer may be different from other candidates and questions. In this paper. we are the first to explore the performance of fine-tuning BERT for answer selection. We achieved STOA results across five popular datasets, demonstrating the success of pre-trained models in this task. read more

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