Similarity Based Auxiliary Classifier for Named Entity Recognition

The segmentation problem is one of the fundamental challenges associated with name entity recognition (NER) tasks that aim to reduce the boundary error when detecting a sequence of entity words. A considerable number of advanced approaches have been proposed and most of them exhibit performance deterioration when entities become longer. Inspired by previous work in which a multi-task strategy is used to solve segmentation problems, we design a similarity based auxiliary classifier (SAC), which can distinguish entity words from non-entity words. Unlike conventional classifiers, SAC uses vectors to indicate tags. Therefore, SAC can calculate the similarities between words and tags, and then compute a weighted sum of the tag vectors, which can be considered a useful feature for NER tasks. Empirical results are used to verify the rationality of the SAC structure and demonstrate the SAC model{'}s potential in performance improvement against our baseline approaches.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Benchmark
Named Entity Recognition (NER) WNUT 2017 NeuralCRF+SAC F1 44.77 # 18