Sijia Wang, Lifu Huang


Event extraction is typically modeled as a multi-class classification problem where both event types and argument roles are treated as atomic symbols. These approaches are usually limited to a set of pre-defined types. We propose a novel event extraction framework that takes event types and argument roles as natural language queries to extract candidate triggers and arguments from the input text. With the rich semantics in the queries, our framework benefits from the attention mechanisms to better capture the semantic correlation between the event types or argument roles and the input text. Furthermore, the query-and-extract formulation allows our approach to leverage all available event annotations from various ontologies as a unified model. Experiments on two public benchmarks, ACE and ERE, demonstrate that our approach achieves state-of-the-art performance on each dataset and significantly outperforms existing methods on zero-shot event extraction. We will make all the programs publicly available once the paper is accepted.


Lifu Huang

Sijia Wang

Publication Details

Date of publication:
October 14, 2021
Cornell University
Publication note:

Sijia Wang, Mo Yu, Shiyu Chang, Lichao Sun, Lifu Huang: Query and Extract: Refining Event Extraction as Type-oriented Binary Decoding. CoRR abs/2110.07476 (2021)