Robert Flynn


pdf bib
Manchester Metropolitan at SemEval-2021 Task 1: Convolutional Networks for Complex Word Identification
Robert Flynn | Matthew Shardlow
Proceedings of the 15th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval-2021)

We present two convolutional neural networks for predicting the complexity of words and phrases in context on a continuous scale. Both models utilize word and character embeddings alongside lexical features as inputs. Our system displays reasonable results with a Pearson correlation of 0.7754 on the task as a whole. We highlight the limitations of this method in properly assessing the context of the target text, and explore the effectiveness of both systems across a range of genres. Both models were submitted as part of LCP 2021, which focuses on the identification of complex words and phrases as a context dependent, regression based task.