Revisiting Joint Modeling of Cross-document Entity and Event Coreference Resolution

Recognizing coreferring events and entities across multiple texts is crucial for many NLP applications. Despite the task's importance, research focus was given mostly to within-document entity coreference, with rather little attention to the other variants. We propose a neural architecture for cross-document coreference resolution. Inspired by Lee et al (2012), we jointly model entity and event coreference. We represent an event (entity) mention using its lexical span, surrounding context, and relation to entity (event) mentions via predicate-arguments structures. Our model outperforms the previous state-of-the-art event coreference model on ECB+, while providing the first entity coreference results on this corpus. Our analysis confirms that all our representation elements, including the mention span itself, its context, and the relation to other mentions contribute to the model's success.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Entity Cross-Document Coreference Resolution ECB+ test Cattan et al CoNLL F1 73.1 # 5
Event Cross-Document Coreference Resolution ECB+ test Meged et al CoNLL F1 80.0 # 7


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