Datasets for long texts

It is possible to evaluate entity-fishing entity disambiguation models with several well-known available datasets. For convenience, the following datasets are present in the entity-fishing distribution:

  • `ace`: this is a subset of the documents used in the ACE 2004 Coreference documents with 36 articles and 256 mentions, annotated through crowdsourcing, see [1].
  • `aida`: AIDA-CONLL is a manually annotated dataset based on the CoNLL 2003 dataset, with 13881 Reuters news articlesand 27817 mentions, see [2]. Note that the raw texts of this dataset are not included in entity-fishing, they have to be obtained from NIST (free for research purpose). AIDA-CONLL dataset can be considered as the most significant gold data for entity disambiguation both in term of size, ambiguity rate and annotation quality. In addition to the complete AIDA-CONLL dataset, this corpus is divided into tree subsets that can be used for evaluation separately:
    • `aida-train`: corresponds to the training subset of the CoNLL 2003 dataset
    • `aida-testa`: corresponds to the validation subset of the CoNLL 2003 dataset
    • `aida-testb`: corresponds to the test subset of the CoNLL 2003 dataset
  • `aquaint`: this dataset has been created by Milne and Witten [3], with 50 documents and 727 mentions from a news corpus from the Xinhua News Service, the New York Times, and the Associated Press.
  • `iitb`: manually created dataset by [4] with 50 documents collected from online news sources.
  • `msnbc`: this dataset is based on 20 news articles from 10 different topics (two articles per topic) and contains a total of 656 mentions, see [5].
  • `clueweb`: WNED-Clueweb 12 dataset is a large dataset created by [6] from the Clueweb corpura automatically - it is this far less reliable than the previous ones.
  • `wikipedia`: similarly as the Clueweb dataset, this set has been created automatically by [6] from Wikipedia, thus also clearly less reliable.
  • `hirmeos`: manually created dataset using open accessible books (licence CC-BY), financed from the European project H2020 Hirmeos [7].

All these reference datasets are located under data/corpus/corpus-long.

Evaluation commands

Use the following maven command with the above dataset identifier for running an evaluation:

$ mvn compile exec:java -Dexec.mainClass=com.scienceminer.nerd.evaluation.NEDCorpusEvaluation -Dexec.args="aquaint"

For instance for evaluating against the testb subset of the AIDA-CONLL, use:

$ mvn compile exec:java -Dexec.mainClass=com.scienceminer.nerd.evaluation.NEDCorpusEvaluation -Dexec.args="aida-testb"

The evaluation process will provide standard metrics (accuracy, precision, recall. f1) for micro- and macro-averages for the entity disambiguation algorithm selected as ranker and for priors (as baseline).

The recall of the candidate selection with respect to the gold annotations is also provided (e.g. the proportion of candidate sets containing the expected answer before the ranking).

Generation of pre-annotated training/evaluation data

In case a new corpus needs to be created, entity-fishing includes the possibility to automatically generate an XML file of entity annotations from text or pdf files in the same format as the other existing corpus. These generated files can then be corrected manually and used as gold training or evaluation data, or they can be used for semi-supervised training.

For a given new corpus to be created, for instance the corpus toto, the following directory must be created: data/corpus/corpus-long/toto/ The documents part of this corpus must be placed under the subdirectories RawText and/or pdf.

If there is a directory called pdf or PDF, the process will extract information (title, abstract, body) from each pdf and save it as pdfFileName.lang.txt inside the RawText directory. The tool will then look into the subdirectory RawText and process the files *.txt found inside. If the files name is in the form filename.lang.txt then the lang will be used as reference, otherwise en will be the default choice.

Use the following maven command with the above dataset identifier for generating the annotation xml file:

$ mvn compile exec:java -Dexec.mainClass=com.scienceminer.nerd.evaluation.AnnotatedDataGeneration -Dexec.args="toto"


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[7] HIRMEOS H2020 project. More information here.