Nikita Khromov


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ALToolbox: A Set of Tools for Active Learning Annotation of Natural Language Texts
Akim Tsvigun | Leonid Sanochkin | Daniil Larionov | Gleb Kuzmin | Artem Vazhentsev | Ivan Lazichny | Nikita Khromov | Danil Kireev | Aleksandr Rubashevskii | Olga Shahmatova | Dmitry V. Dylov | Igor Galitskiy | Artem Shelmanov
Proceedings of the 2022 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing: System Demonstrations

We present ALToolbox – an open-source framework for active learning (AL) annotation in natural language processing. Currently, the framework supports text classification, sequence tagging, and seq2seq tasks. Besides state-of-the-art query strategies, ALToolbox provides a set of tools that help to reduce computational overhead and duration of AL iterations and increase annotated data reusability. The framework aims to support data scientists and researchers by providing an easy-to-deploy GUI annotation tool directly in the Jupyter IDE and an extensible benchmark for novel AL methods. We prepare a small demonstration of ALToolbox capabilities available online. The code of the framework is published under the MIT license.


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Active Learning for Sequence Tagging with Deep Pre-trained Models and Bayesian Uncertainty Estimates
Artem Shelmanov | Dmitri Puzyrev | Lyubov Kupriyanova | Denis Belyakov | Daniil Larionov | Nikita Khromov | Olga Kozlova | Ekaterina Artemova | Dmitry V. Dylov | Alexander Panchenko
Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Main Volume

Annotating training data for sequence tagging of texts is usually very time-consuming. Recent advances in transfer learning for natural language processing in conjunction with active learning open the possibility to significantly reduce the necessary annotation budget. We are the first to thoroughly investigate this powerful combination for the sequence tagging task. We conduct an extensive empirical study of various Bayesian uncertainty estimation methods and Monte Carlo dropout options for deep pre-trained models in the active learning framework and find the best combinations for different types of models. Besides, we also demonstrate that to acquire instances during active learning, a full-size Transformer can be substituted with a distilled version, which yields better computational performance and reduces obstacles for applying deep active learning in practice.