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Published on Sep 8, 2016
Title: Better Knowledge Graphs Through Probabilistic Graphical Models
Abstract: Automated question answering, knowledgeable digital assistants, and grappling with the massive data flooding the Web all depend on structured knowledge. Precise knowledge graphs capturing the many, complex relationships between entities are the missing piece for many problems, but knowledge graph construction is notoriously difficult. In this talk, I will chronicle common failures from the first generation of information extraction systems and show how combining statistical NLP signals and semantic constraints addresses these problems. My method, Knowledge Graph Identification (KGI), exploits the key lessons of the statistical relational learning community and uses them for better knowledge graph construction. Probabilistic models are often discounted due to scalability concerns, but KGI translates the problem into a tractable convex objective that is amenable to parallelization. Furthermore, the inferences from KGI have provable optimality and can be updated efficiently using approximate techniques that have bounded regret. I demonstrate state-of-the-art performance of my approach on knowledge graph construction and entity resolution tasks on NELL and Freebase, and discuss exciting new directions for KG construction.