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From Characters to Time Intervals: New Paradigms for Evaluation and Neural Parsing of Time Normalizations


This paper presents the first model for time normalization trained on the SCATE corpus. In the SCATE schema, time expressions are annotated as a semantic composition of time entities. This novel schema favors machine learning approaches, as it can be viewed as a semantic parsing task. In this work, we propose a character level multi-output neural network that outperforms previous state-of-the-art built on the TimeML schema. To compare predictions of systems that follow both SCATE and TimeML, we present a new scoring metric for time intervals. We also apply this new metric to carry out a comparative analysis of the annotations of both schemes in the same corpus.

Article at MIT Press PDF (presented at ACL 2018)

Author Biography

Dongfang Xu

School of Information, Ph.D. Student