Scientific Claim Verification with VERT5ERINI

This work describes the adaptation of a pretrained sequence-to-sequence model to the task of scientific claim verification in the biomedical domain. We propose VERT5ERINI that exploits T5 for abstract retrieval, sentence selection and label prediction, which are three critical sub-tasks of claim verification. We evaluate our pipeline on SCIFACT, a newly curated dataset that requires models to not just predict the veracity of claims but also provide relevant sentences from a corpus of scientific literature that support this decision. Empirically, our pipeline outperforms a strong baseline in each of the three steps. Finally, we show VERT5ERINI's ability to generalize to two new datasets of COVID-19 claims using evidence from the ever-expanding CORD-19 corpus.

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