Shuailong Liang


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新型冠状病毒肺炎相关的推特主题与情感研究(Exploring COVID-19-related Twitter Topic Dynamics across Countries)
Shuailong Liang (梁帅龙) | Derek F. Wong (黄辉) | Yue Zhang (张岳)
Proceedings of the 19th Chinese National Conference on Computational Linguistics

我们基于从2020年1月22日至2020年4月30日在推特社交平台上抓取的不同国家和地区发布的50万条推文,研究了有关 2019新型冠状病毒肺炎相关的主题和人们的观点,发现了不同国家之间推特用户的普遍关切和看法之间存在着异同,并且对不同议题的情感态度也有所不同。我们发现大部分推文中包含了强烈的情感,其中表达爱与支持的推文比较普遍。总体来看,人们的情感随着时间的推移逐渐正向增强。

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SemEval-2020 Task 4: Commonsense Validation and Explanation
Cunxiang Wang | Shuailong Liang | Yili Jin | Yilong Wang | Xiaodan Zhu | Yue Zhang
Proceedings of the Fourteenth Workshop on Semantic Evaluation

In this paper, we present SemEval-2020 Task 4, Commonsense Validation and Explanation (ComVE), which includes three subtasks, aiming to evaluate whether a system can distinguish a natural language statement that makes sense to humans from one that does not, and provide the reasons. Specifically, in our first subtask, the participating systems are required to choose from two natural language statements of similar wording the one that makes sense and the one does not. The second subtask additionally asks a system to select the key reason from three options why a given statement does not make sense. In the third subtask, a participating system needs to generate the reason automatically. 39 teams submitted their valid systems to at least one subtask. For Subtask A and Subtask B, top-performing teams have achieved results closed to human performance. However, for Subtask C, there is still a considerable gap between system and human performance. The dataset used in our task can be found at


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Does it Make Sense? And Why? A Pilot Study for Sense Making and Explanation
Cunxiang Wang | Shuailong Liang | Yue Zhang | Xiaonan Li | Tian Gao
Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

Introducing common sense to natural language understanding systems has received increasing research attention. It remains a fundamental question on how to evaluate whether a system has the sense-making capability. Existing benchmarks measure common sense knowledge indirectly or without reasoning. In this paper, we release a benchmark to directly test whether a system can differentiate natural language statements that make sense from those that do not make sense. In addition, a system is asked to identify the most crucial reason why a statement does not make sense. We evaluate models trained over large-scale language modeling tasks as well as human performance, showing that there are different challenges for system sense-making.

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Subword Encoding in Lattice LSTM for Chinese Word Segmentation
Jie Yang | Yue Zhang | Shuailong Liang
Proceedings of the 2019 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Volume 1 (Long and Short Papers)

We investigate subword information for Chinese word segmentation, by integrating sub word embeddings trained using byte-pair encoding into a Lattice LSTM (LaLSTM) network over a character sequence. Experiments on standard benchmark show that subword information brings significant gains over strong character-based segmentation models. To our knowledge, this is the first research on the effectiveness of subwords on neural word segmentation.


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Design Challenges and Misconceptions in Neural Sequence Labeling
Jie Yang | Shuailong Liang | Yue Zhang
Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

We investigate the design challenges of constructing effective and efficient neural sequence labeling systems, by reproducing twelve neural sequence labeling models, which include most of the state-of-the-art structures, and conduct a systematic model comparison on three benchmarks (i.e. NER, Chunking, and POS tagging). Misconceptions and inconsistent conclusions in existing literature are examined and clarified under statistical experiments. In the comparison and analysis process, we reach several practical conclusions which can be useful to practitioners.