Ahmed El Sheikh


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Integrating Personalized PageRank into Neural Word Sense Disambiguation
Ahmed El Sheikh | Michele Bevilacqua | Roberto Navigli
Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

Neural Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD) has recently been shown to benefit from the incorporation of pre-existing knowledge, such as that coming from the WordNet graph. However, state-of-the-art approaches have been successful in exploiting only the local structure of the graph, with only close neighbors of a given synset influencing the prediction. In this work, we improve a classification model by recomputing logits as a function of both the vanilla independently produced logits and the global WordNet graph. We achieve this by incorporating an online neural approximated PageRank, which enables us to refine edge weights as well. This method exploits the global graph structure while keeping space requirements linear in the number of edges. We obtain strong improvements, matching the current state of the art. Code is available at https://github.com/SapienzaNLP/neural-pagerank-wsd