Varun Madhavan


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Team Enigma at ArgMining-EMNLP 2021: Leveraging Pre-trained Language Models for Key Point Matching
Manav Kapadnis | Sohan Patnaik | Siba Panigrahi | Varun Madhavan | Abhilash Nandy
Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Argument Mining

We present the system description for our submission towards the Key Point Analysis Shared Task at ArgMining 2021. Track 1 of the shared task requires participants to develop methods to predict the match score between each pair of arguments and key points, provided they belong to the same topic under the same stance. We leveraged existing state of the art pre-trained language models along with incorporating additional data and features extracted from the inputs (topics, key points, and arguments) to improve performance. We were able to achieve mAP strict and mAP relaxed score of 0.872 and 0.966 respectively in the evaluation phase, securing 5th place on the leaderboard. In the post evaluation phase, we achieved a mAP strict and mAP relaxed score of 0.921 and 0.982 respectively.


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ChiSquareX at TextGraphs 2020 Shared Task: Leveraging Pretrained Language Models for Explanation Regeneration
Aditya Girish Pawate | Varun Madhavan | Devansh Chandak
Proceedings of the Graph-based Methods for Natural Language Processing (TextGraphs)

In this work, we describe the system developed by a group of undergraduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology for the Shared Task at TextGraphs-14 on Multi-Hop Inference Explanation Regeneration (Jansen and Ustalov, 2020). The shared task required participants to develop methods to reconstruct gold explanations for elementary science questions from the WorldTreeCorpus (Xie et al., 2020). Although our research was not funded by any organization and all the models were trained on freely available tools like Google Colab, which restricted our computational capabilities, we have managed to achieve noteworthy results, placing ourselves in 4th place with a MAPscore of 0.49021in the evaluation leaderboard and 0.5062 MAPscore on the post-evaluation-phase leaderboard using RoBERTa. We incorporated some of the methods proposed in the previous edition of Textgraphs-13 (Chia et al., 2019), which proved to be very effective, improved upon them, and built a model on top of it using powerful state-of-the-art pre-trained language models like RoBERTa (Liu et al., 2019), BART (Lewis et al., 2020), SciB-ERT (Beltagy et al., 2019) among others. Further optimization of our work can be done with the availability of better computational resources.