HLT@SUDA at SemEval-2019 Task 1: UCCA Graph Parsing as Constituent Tree Parsing

SEMEVAL 2019  ·  Wei Jiang, Zhenghua Li, Yu Zhang, Min Zhang ·

This paper describes a simple UCCA semantic graph parsing approach. The key idea is to convert a UCCA semantic graph into a constituent tree, in which extra labels are deliberately designed to mark remote edges and discontinuous nodes for future recovery. In this way, we can make use of existing syntactic parsing techniques. Based on the data statistics, we recover discontinuous nodes directly according to the output labels of the constituent parser and use a biaffine classification model to recover the more complex remote edges. The classification model and the constituent parser are simultaneously trained under the multi-task learning framework. We use the multilingual BERT as extra features in the open tracks. Our system ranks the first place in the six English/German closed/open tracks among seven participating systems. For the seventh cross-lingual track, where there is little training data for French, we propose a language embedding approach to utilize English and German training data, and our result ranks the second place.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Benchmark
UCCA Parsing SemEval 2019 Task 1 Constituent Tree Parsing (+BERT) English-Wiki (open) F1 80.5 # 1
English-20K (open) F1 76.7 # 1