Relation Adaptation: Learning to Extract Novel Relations with Minimum Supervision
Danushka Bollegala, Yutaka Matsuo, Mitsuru Ishizuka
Extracting the relations that exist between two entities is an important step in numerousWeb-related tasks such as information extraction.A supervised relation extraction system that is trained to extract a particular relation type might not accurately extract a new type of a relation for which it has not been trained.However, it is costly to create training data manually for every new relation type that one might want to extract.We propose a method to adapt an existing relation extraction system to extractnew relation types with minimum supervision. Our proposed method comprises two stages: learning a lower-dimensional projection between different relations, and learning a relational classifier for the target relation type with instance sampling. We evaluate the proposed method using a dataset that contains 2000 instances for 20 different relation types. Our experimental results show that the proposed method achieves a statistically significant macro-average F-score of 62.77. Moreover, the proposed method outperforms numerous baselines and a previously proposed weakly-supervised relation extraction method.