PhD student Sungho Jeon and NLP group leader Michael Strube got a paper accepted at this years ACL, one of the premium CL conferences. The title of the paper is “Entity-based Neural Local Coherence Modeling“. The authors compute coherence on the basis of entities by constraining the input to noun phrases and proper names. This brings their model linguistically in line with pre-neural models of computing coherence. It also gives better insight into the behaviour of the model, thus leading to better explainability.
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