Pierluigi Cassotti


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swapUNIBA@FinTOC2022: Fine-tuning Pre-trained Document Image Analysis Model for Title Detection on the Financial Domain
Pierluigi Cassotti | Cataldo Musto | Marco DeGemmis | Georgios Lekkas | Giovanni Semeraro
Proceedings of the 4th Financial Narrative Processing Workshop @LREC2022

In this paper, we introduce the results of our submitted system to the FinTOC 2022 task. We address the task using a two-stage process: first, we detect titles using Document Image Analysis, then we train a supervised model for the hierarchical level prediction. We perform Document Image Analysis using a pre-trained Faster R-CNN on the PublyaNet dataset. We fine-tuned the model on the FinTOC 2022 training set. We extract orthographic and layout features from detected titles and use them to train a Random Forest model to predict the title level. The proposed system ranked #1 on both Title Detection and the Table of Content extraction tasks for Spanish. The system ranked #3 on both the two subtasks for English and French.


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The Corpora They Are a-Changing: a Case Study in Italian Newspapers
Pierpaolo Basile | Annalina Caputo | Tommaso Caselli | Pierluigi Cassotti | Rossella Varvara
Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change 2021

The use of automatic methods for the study of lexical semantic change (LSC) has led to the creation of evaluation benchmarks. Benchmark datasets, however, are intimately tied to the corpus used for their creation questioning their reliability as well as the robustness of automatic methods. This contribution investigates these aspects showing the impact of unforeseen social and cultural dimensions. We also identify a set of additional issues (OCR quality, named entities) that impact the performance of the automatic methods, especially when used to discover LSC.


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GM-CTSC at SemEval-2020 Task 1: Gaussian Mixtures Cross Temporal Similarity Clustering
Pierluigi Cassotti | Annalina Caputo | Marco Polignano | Pierpaolo Basile
Proceedings of the Fourteenth Workshop on Semantic Evaluation

This paper describes the system proposed by the Random team for SemEval-2020 Task 1: Unsupervised Lexical Semantic Change Detection. We focus our approach on the detection problem. Given the semantics of words captured by temporal word embeddings in different time periods, we investigate the use of unsupervised methods to detect when the target word has gained or lost senses. To this end, we define a new algorithm based on Gaussian Mixture Models to cluster the target similarities computed over the two periods. We compare the proposed approach with a number of similarity-based thresholds. We found that, although the performance of the detection methods varies across the word embedding algorithms, the combination of Gaussian Mixture with Temporal Referencing resulted in our best system.