August 01, 2019

KU_AI at MEDIQA 2019: Domain-specific Pre-training and Transfer Learning for Medical NLI

Cengiz, Cemil and Sert, Ulaş and Yuret, Deniz. In Proceedings of the 18th BioNLP Workshop and Shared Task. August, 2019. Florence, Italy. (PDF)

Abstract: In this paper, we describe our system and results submitted for the Natural Language Inference (NLI) track of the MEDIQA 2019 Shared Task. As KU_AI team, we used BERT as our baseline model and pre-processed the MedNLI dataset to mitigate the negative impact of de-identification artifacts. Moreover, we investigated different pre-training and transfer learning approaches to improve the performance. We show that pre-training the language model on rich biomedical corpora has a significant effect in teaching the model domain-specific language. In addition, training the model on large NLI datasets such as MultiNLI and SNLI helps in learning task-specific reasoning. Finally, we ensembled our highest-performing models, and achieved 84.7% accuracy on the unseen test dataset and ranked 10th out of 17 teams in the official results.

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