Yixue Dang


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HITSZ-HLT at SemEval-2021 Task 5: Ensemble Sequence Labeling and Span Boundary Detection for Toxic Span Detection
Qinglin Zhu | Zijie Lin | Yice Zhang | Jingyi Sun | Xiang Li | Qihui Lin | Yixue Dang | Ruifeng Xu
Proceedings of the 15th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval-2021)

This paper presents the winning system that participated in SemEval-2021 Task 5: Toxic Spans Detection. This task aims to locate those spans that attribute to the text’s toxicity within a text, which is crucial for semi-automated moderation in online discussions. We formalize this task as the Sequence Labeling (SL) problem and the Span Boundary Detection (SBD) problem separately and employ three state-of-the-art models. Next, we integrate predictions of these models to produce a more credible and complement result. Our system achieves a char-level score of 70.83%, ranking 1/91. In addition, we also explore the lexicon-based method, which is strongly interpretable and flexible in practice.

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A Neural Transition-based Model for Argumentation Mining
Jianzhu Bao | Chuang Fan | Jipeng Wu | Yixue Dang | Jiachen Du | Ruifeng Xu
Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 11th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (Volume 1: Long Papers)

The goal of argumentation mining is to automatically extract argumentation structures from argumentative texts. Most existing methods determine argumentative relations by exhaustively enumerating all possible pairs of argument components, which suffer from low efficiency and class imbalance. Moreover, due to the complex nature of argumentation, there is, so far, no universal method that can address both tree and non-tree structured argumentation. Towards these issues, we propose a neural transition-based model for argumentation mining, which incrementally builds an argumentation graph by generating a sequence of actions, avoiding inefficient enumeration operations. Furthermore, our model can handle both tree and non-tree structured argumentation without introducing any structural constraints. Experimental results show that our model achieves the best performance on two public datasets of different structures.