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From News to Medical: Cross-domain Discourse Segmentation
Elisa Ferracane | Titan Page | Junyi Jessy Li | Katrin Erk
Proceedings of the Workshop on Discourse Relation Parsing and Treebanking 2019

The first step in discourse analysis involves dividing a text into segments. We annotate the first high-quality small-scale medical corpus in English with discourse segments and analyze how well news-trained segmenters perform on this domain. While we expectedly find a drop in performance, the nature of the segmentation errors suggests some problems can be addressed earlier in the pipeline, while others would require expanding the corpus to a trainable size to learn the nuances of the medical domain.