Maciek Rybinski


Harnessing Privileged Information for Hyperbole Detection
Rhys Biddle | Maciek Rybinski | Qian Li | Cecile Paris | Guandong Xu
Proceedings of the The 19th Annual Workshop of the Australasian Language Technology Association

The detection of hyperbole is an important stepping stone to understanding the intentions of a hyperbolic utterance. We propose a model that combines pre-trained language models with privileged information for the task of hyperbole detection. We also introduce a suite of behavioural tests to probe the capabilities of hyperbole detection models across a range of hyperbole types. Our experiments show that our model improves upon baseline models on an existing hyperbole detection dataset. Probing experiments combined with analysis using local linear approximations (LIME) show that our model excels at detecting one particular type of hyperbole. Further, we discover that our experiments highlight annotation artifacts introduced through the process of literal paraphrasing of hyperbole. These annotation artifacts are likely to be a roadblock to further improvements in hyperbole detection.


Pandemic Literature Search: Finding Information on COVID-19
Vincent Nguyen | Maciek Rybinski | Sarvnaz Karimi | Zhenchang Xing
Proceedings of the The 18th Annual Workshop of the Australasian Language Technology Association

Finding information related to a pandemic of a novel disease raises new challenges for information seeking and retrieval, as the new information becomes available gradually. We investigate how to better rank information for pandemic information retrieval. We experiment with different ranking algorithms and propose a novel end-to-end method for neural retrieval, and demonstrate its effectiveness on the TREC COVID search. This work could lead to a search system that aids scientists, clinicians, policymakers and others in finding reliable answers from the scientific literature.