Manolis Kyriakakis


Transfer Learning for Causal Sentence Detection
Manolis Kyriakakis | Ion Androutsopoulos | Artur Saudabayev | Joan Ginés i Ametllé
Proceedings of the 18th BioNLP Workshop and Shared Task

We consider the task of detecting sentences that express causality, as a step towards mining causal relations from texts. To bypass the scarcity of causal instances in relation extraction datasets, we exploit transfer learning, namely ELMO and BERT, using a bidirectional GRU with self-attention ( BIGRUATT ) as a baseline. We experiment with both generic public relation extraction datasets and a new biomedical causal sentence detection dataset, a subset of which we make publicly available. We find that transfer learning helps only in very small datasets. With larger datasets, BIGRUATT reaches a performance plateau, then larger datasets and transfer learning do not help.