Graph Enhanced Dual Attention Network for Document-Level Relation Extraction

Bo Li, Wei Ye, Zhonghao Sheng, Rui Xie, Xiangyu Xi, Shikun Zhang


Abstract
Document-level relation extraction requires inter-sentence reasoning capabilities to capture local and global contextual information for multiple relational facts. To improve inter-sentence reasoning, we propose to characterize the complex interaction between sentences and potential relation instances via a Graph Enhanced Dual Attention network (GEDA). In GEDA, sentence representation generated by the sentence-to-relation (S2R) attention is refined and synthesized by a Heterogeneous Graph Convolutional Network before being fed into the relation-to-sentence (R2S) attention . We further design a simple yet effective regularizer based on the natural duality of the S2R and R2S attention, whose weights are also supervised by the supporting evidence of relation instances during training. An extensive set of experiments on an existing large-scale dataset show that our model achieve competitive performance, especially for the inter-sentence relation extraction, while the neural predictions can also be interpretable and easily observed.
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2020.coling-main.136
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Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics
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December
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2020
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Barcelona, Spain (Online)
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COLING
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International Committee on Computational Linguistics
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1551–1560
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