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A Multilingual Modeling Method for Span-Extraction Reading Comprehension

EasyChair Preprint no. 5184

8 pagesDate: March 22, 2021


Span-extraction reading comprehension models have made tremendous advances enabled by the availability of large-scale, high-quality training datasets. Despite such rapid progress and widespread application, extractive reading comprehension datasets in languages other than English remain scarce, and creating such a sufficient amount of training data for each language is costly and even impossible. An alternative to creating large-scale high-quality monolingual span-extraction training datasets is to develop multilingual modeling approaches and systems which can transfer to the target language without requiring training data in that language. In this paper, in order to solve the scarce availability of extractive reading comprehension training data in the target language, we propose a multilingual extractive reading comprehension approach called XLRC by simultaneously modeling the existing extractive reading comprehension training data in a multilingual environment using self-adaptive attention and multilingual attention. Specifically, we firstly construct multilingual parallel corpora by translating the existing extractive reading comprehension datasets (i.e., CMRC 2018) from the target language (i.e., Chinese) into different language families (i.e., English). Secondly, to enhance the final target representation, we adopt self-adaptive attention (SAA) to combine self-attention and inter-attention to extract the semantic relations from each pair of the target and source languages. Furthermore, we propose multilingual attention (MLA) to learn the rich knowledge from various language families. Experimental results show that our model outperforms the state-of-the-art baseline (i.e., RoBERTa_Large) on the CMRC 2018 task, which demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed multi-lingual modeling approach and show the potentials in multilingual NLP tasks.

Keyphrases: Multilingual Attention, Multilingual Modeling, self-adaptive attention, Span-extraction reading comprehension

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  author = {Gaochen Wu and Bin Xu and Lei Hou and Dejie Chang and Bangchang Liu},
  title = {A Multilingual Modeling Method for Span-Extraction Reading Comprehension},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 5184},

  year = {EasyChair, 2021}}
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