Results of the WNUT2017 Shared Task on Novel and Emerging Entity Recognition

Leon Derczynski, Eric Nichols, Marieke van Erp, Limsopatham Nut

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This shared task focuses on identifying unusual, previously-unseen entities in the context of emerging discussions. Named entities form the basis of many modern approaches to other tasks (like event clustering and summarization), but recall on them is a real problem in noisy text - even among annotators. This drop tends to be due to novel entities and surface forms. Take for example the tweet "so.. kktny in 30 mins?!" -- even human experts find the entity 'kktny' hard to detect and resolve. The goal of this task is to provide a definition of emerging and of rare entities, and based on that, also datasets for detecting these entities. The task as described in this paper evaluated the ability of participating entries to detect and classify novel and emerging named entities in noisy text.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages147
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017

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