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A Unified Model for Cross-Domain and Semi-Supervised Named Entity Recognition in Chinese Social Media
Hangfeng He, Xu Sun

Last modified: 2017-02-12


Named entity recognition (NER) in Chinese social media is important but difficult because of its informality and strong noise. Previous methods only focus on in-domain supervised learning which is limited by the rare annotated data. However, there are enough corpora in formal domains and massive in-domain unannotated texts which can be used to improve the task. We propose a unified model which can learn from out-of-domain corpora and in-domain unannotated texts. The unified model contains two major functions. One is for cross-domain learning and another for semi-supervised learning. Cross-domain learning function can learn out-of-domain information based on domain similarity. Semi-Supervised learning function can learn in-domain unannotated information by self-training. Both learning functions outperform existing methods for NER in Chinese social media. Finally, our unified model yields nearly 11% absolute improvement over previously published results.


Semi-Supervised; Cross-Domain; Named Entity Recognition (NER)

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