Improving Zero-Shot Entity Retrieval through Effective Dense Representations

6 Mar 2021  ·  Eleni Partalidou, Despina Christou, Grigorios Tsoumakas ·

Entity Linking (EL) seeks to align entity mentions in text to entries in a knowledge-base and is usually comprised of two phases: candidate generation and candidate ranking. While most methods focus on the latter, it is the candidate generation phase that sets an upper bound to both time and accuracy performance of the overall EL system. This work's contribution is a significant improvement in candidate generation which thus raises the performance threshold for EL, by generating candidates that include the gold entity in the least candidate set (top-K). We propose a simple approach that efficiently embeds mention-entity pairs in dense space through a BERT-based bi-encoder. Specifically, we extend (Wu et al., 2020) by introducing a new pooling function and incorporating entity type side-information. We achieve a new state-of-the-art 84.28% accuracy on top-50 candidates on the Zeshel dataset, compared to the previous 82.06% on the top-64 of (Wu et al., 2020). We report the results from extensive experimentation using our proposed model on both seen and unseen entity datasets. Our results suggest that our method could be a useful complement to existing EL approaches.

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