Anthony Rios and Ramakanth Kavuluru

In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2018).


Large multi-label datasets contain labels that occur thousands of times (frequent group), those that occur only a few times (few-shot group), and labels that never appear in the training dataset (zero-shot group). Multi-label few- and zero-shot label prediction is mostly unexplored on datasets with large label spaces, especially for text classification. In this paper, we perform a fine-grained evaluation to understand how state-of-the-art methods perform on infrequent labels. Furthermore, we develop few- and zero-shot methods for multi-label text classification when there is a known structure over the label space, and evaluate them on two publicly available medical text datasets: MIMIC II and MIMIC III. For few-shot labels we achieve improvements of 6.2% and 4.8% in R@10 for MIMIC II and MIMIC III, respectively, over prior efforts; the corresponding R@10 improvements for zero-shot labels are 17.3% and 19%.


  author =     "Rios, Anthony
        and Kavuluru, Ramakanth",
  title =     "Few-Shot and Zero-Shot Multi-Label Learning for Structured Label Spaces",
  booktitle =     "Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing",
  year =     "2018",
  publisher =     "Association for Computational Linguistics",
  pages =     "3132--3142",
  location =     "Brussels, Belgium",
  url =     ""