Qinghua Zheng


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BIC: Twitter Bot Detection with Text-Graph Interaction and Semantic Consistency
Zhenyu Lei | Herun Wan | Wenqian Zhang | Shangbin Feng | Zilong Chen | Jundong Li | Qinghua Zheng | Minnan Luo
Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers)

Twitter bots are automatic programs operated by malicious actors to manipulate public opinion and spread misinformation. Research efforts have been made to automatically identify bots based on texts and networks on social media. Existing methods only leverage texts or networks alone, and while few works explored the shallow combination of the two modalities, we hypothesize that the interaction and information exchange between texts and graphs could be crucial for holistically evaluating bot activities on social media. In addition, according to a recent survey (Cresci, 2020), Twitter bots are constantly evolving while advanced bots steal genuine users’ tweets and dilute their malicious content to evade detection. This results in greater inconsistency across the timeline of novel Twitter bots, which warrants more attention. In light of these challenges, we propose BIC, a Twitter Bot detection framework with text-graph Interaction and semantic Consistency. Specifically, in addition to separately modeling the two modalities on social media, BIC employs a text-graph interaction module to enable information exchange across modalities in the learning process. In addition, given the stealing behavior of novel Twitter bots, BIC proposes to model semantic consistency in tweets based on attention weights while using it to augment the decision process. Extensive experiments demonstrate that BIC consistently outperforms state-of-the-art baselines on two widely adopted datasets. Further analyses reveal that text-graph interactions and modeling semantic consistency are essential improvements and help combat bot evolution.

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A Diffusion Weighted Graph Framework for New Intent Discovery
Wenkai Shi | Wenbin An | Feng Tian | Qinghua Zheng | QianYing Wang | Ping Chen
Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

New Intent Discovery (NID) aims to recognize both new and known intents from unlabeled data with the aid of limited labeled data containing only known intents. Without considering structure relationships between samples, previous methods generate noisy supervisory signals which cannot strike a balance between quantity and quality, hindering the formation of new intent clusters and effective transfer of the pre-training knowledge. To mitigate this limitation, we propose a novel Diffusion Weighted Graph Framework (DWGF) to capture both semantic similarities and structure relationships inherent in data, enabling more sufficient and reliable supervisory signals. Specifically, for each sample, we diffuse neighborhood relationships along semantic paths guided by the nearest neighbors for multiple hops to characterize its local structure discriminately. Then, we sample its positive keys and weigh them based on semantic similarities and local structures for contrastive learning. During inference, we further propose Graph Smoothing Filter (GSF) to explicitly utilize the structure relationships to filter high-frequency noise embodied in semantically ambiguous samples on the cluster boundary. Extensive experiments show that our method outperforms state-of-the-art models on all evaluation metrics across multiple benchmark datasets. Code and data will be made public.

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DNA: Denoised Neighborhood Aggregation for Fine-grained Category Discovery
Wenbin An | Feng Tian | Wenkai Shi | Yan Chen | Qinghua Zheng | QianYing Wang | Ping Chen
Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

Discovering fine-grained categories from coarsely labeled data is a practical and challenging task, which can bridge the gap between the demand for fine-grained analysis and the high annotation cost. Previous works mainly focus on instance-level discrimination to learn low-level features, but ignore semantic similarities between data, which may prevent these models learning compact cluster representations. In this paper, we propose Denoised Neighborhood Aggregation (DNA), a self-supervised framework that encodes semantic structures of data into the embedding space. Specifically, we retrieve k-nearest neighbors of a query as its positive keys to capture semantic similarities between data and then aggregate information from the neighbors to learn compact cluster representations, which can make fine-grained categories more separatable. However, the retrieved neighbors can be noisy and contain many false-positive keys, which can degrade the quality of learned embeddings. To cope with this challenge, we propose three principles to filter out these false neighbors for better representation learning. Furthermore, we theoretically justify that the learning objective of our framework is equivalent to a clustering loss, which can capture semantic similarities between data to form compact fine-grained clusters. Extensive experiments on three benchmark datasets show that our method can retrieve more accurate neighbors (21.31% accuracy improvement) and outperform state-of-the-art models by a large margin (average 9.96% improvement on three metrics). Our code and data are available at https://github.com/Lackel/DNA.

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Detecting Spoilers in Movie Reviews with External Movie Knowledge and User Networks
Heng Wang | Wenqian Zhang | Yuyang Bai | Zhaoxuan Tan | Shangbin Feng | Qinghua Zheng | Minnan Luo
Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

Online movie review platforms are providing crowdsourced feedback for the film industry and the general public, while spoiler reviews greatly compromise user experience. Although preliminary research efforts were made to automatically identify spoilers, they merely focus on the review content itself, while robust spoiler detection requires putting the review into the context of facts and knowledge regarding movies, user behavior on film review platforms, and more. In light of these challenges, we first curate a large-scale network-based spoiler detection dataset LCS and a comprehensive and up-to-date movie knowledge base UKM. We then propose MVSD, a novel spoiler detection model that takes into account the external knowledge about movies and user activities on movie review platforms. Specifically, MVSD constructs three interconnecting heterogeneous information networks to model diverse data sources and their multi-view attributes, while we design and employ a novel heterogeneous graph neural network architecture for spoiler detection as node-level classification. Extensive experiments demonstrate that MVSD advances the state-of-the-art on two spoiler detection datasets, while the introduction of external knowledge and user interactions help ground robust spoiler detection.


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Fine-grained Category Discovery under Coarse-grained supervision with Hierarchical Weighted Self-contrastive Learning
Wenbin An | Feng Tian | Ping Chen | Siliang Tang | Qinghua Zheng | QianYing Wang
Proceedings of the 2022 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

Novel category discovery aims at adapting models trained on known categories to novel categories. Previous works only focus on the scenario where known and novel categories are of the same granularity. In this paper, we investigate a new practical scenario called Fine-grained Category Discovery under Coarse-grained supervision (FCDC). FCDC aims at discovering fine-grained categories with only coarse-grained labeled data, which can adapt models to categories of different granularity from known ones and reduce significant labeling cost. It is also a challenging task since supervised training on coarse-grained categories tends to focus on inter-class distance (distance between coarse-grained classes) but ignore intra-class distance (distance between fine-grained sub-classes) which is essential for separating fine-grained categories. Considering most current methods cannot transfer knowledge from coarse-grained level to fine-grained level, we propose a hierarchical weighted self-contrastive network by building a novel weighted self-contrastive module and combining it with supervised learning in a hierarchical manner. Extensive experiments on public datasets show both effectiveness and efficiency of our model over compared methods.

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PAR: Political Actor Representation Learning with Social Context and Expert Knowledge
Shangbin Feng | Zhaoxuan Tan | Zilong Chen | Ningnan Wang | Peisheng Yu | Qinghua Zheng | Xiaojun Chang | Minnan Luo
Proceedings of the 2022 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

Modeling the ideological perspectives of political actors is an essential task in computational political science with applications in many downstream tasks. Existing approaches are generally limited to textual data and voting records, while they neglect the rich social context and valuable expert knowledge for holistic ideological analysis. In this paper, we propose PAR, a Political Actor Representation learning framework that jointly leverages social context and expert knowledge. Specifically, we retrieve and extract factual statements about legislators to leverage social context information. We then construct a heterogeneous information network to incorporate social context and use relational graph neural networks to learn legislator representations. Finally, we train PAR with three objectives to align representation learning with expert knowledge, model ideological stance consistency, and simulate the echo chamber phenomenon. Extensive experiments demonstrate that PAR is better at augmenting political text understanding and successfully advances the state-of-the-art in political perspective detection and roll call vote prediction. Further analysis proves that PAR learns representations that reflect the political reality and provide new insights into political behavior.


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基于有向异构图的发票明细税收分类方法(Tax Classification of Invoice Details Based on Directed Heterogeneous Graph)
Peiyao Zhao (赵珮瑶) | Qinghua Zheng (郑庆华) | Bo Dong (董博) | Jianfei Ruan (阮建飞) | Minnan Luo (罗敏楠)
Proceedings of the 19th Chinese National Conference on Computational Linguistics

税收是国家赖以生存的物质基础。为加快税收现代化,方便纳税人便捷、规范开具增值税发票,国税总局规定纳税人在税控系统开票前选择发票明细对应的税收分类才可正常开具发票。提高税收分类的准确度,是构建税收风险指标和分析纳税人行为特征的重要基础。基于此,本文提出了一种基于有向异构图的短文本分类模型(Heterogeneous Directed Graph Attenton Network,HDGAT),利用发票明细间的有向信息建模,引入外部知识,显著地提高了发票明细的税收分类准确度。


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A Segmentation Matrix Method for Chinese Segmentation Ambiguity Analysis
Yanping Chen | Qinghua Zheng | Feng Tian | Deli Zheng
International Journal of Computational Linguistics & Chinese Language Processing, Volume 21, Number 1, June 2016


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Omni-word Feature and Soft Constraint for Chinese Relation Extraction
Yanping Chen | Qinghua Zheng | Wei Zhang
Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers)


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A Random Walk Approach to Selectional Preferences Based on Preference Ranking and Propagation
Zhenhua Tian | Hengheng Xiang | Ziqi Liu | Qinghua Zheng
Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers)