A question answering approach for emotion cause extraction

Lin Gui, Jiannan Hu, Yulan He, Ruifeng Xu, Qin Lu, Jiachen Du

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Emotion cause extraction aims to identify the reasons behind a certain emotion expressed in text. It is a much more difficult task compared to emotion classification. Inspired by recent advances in using deep memory networks for question answering (QA), we propose a new approach which considers emotion cause identification as a reading comprehension task in QA. Inspired by convolutional neural networks, we propose a new mechanism to store relevant context in different memory slots to model context information. Our proposed approach can extract both word level sequence features and lexical features. Performance evaluation shows that our method achieves the state-of-the-art performance on a recently released emotion cause dataset, outperforming a number of competitive baselines by at least 3.01% in F-measure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Empirical Methods on Natural Language Processing
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-945626-97-5
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2017
Event2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing -
Duration: 15 Sept 2017 → …


Conference2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Period15/09/17 → …

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