The profner shared task on automatic recognition of occupation mentions in social media: systems, evaluation, guidelines, embeddings and corpora


Detection of occupations in texts is relevant for a range of important application scenarios, like competitive intelligence, sociodemographic analysis, legal NLP or health-related occupational data mining. Despite the importance and heterogeneous data types that mention occupations, text mining efforts to recognize them have been limited. This is due to the lack of clear annotation guidelines and high-quality Gold Standard corpora. Social media data can be regarded as a relevant source of information for real-time monitoring of at-risk occupational groups in the context of pandemics like the COVID-19 one, facilitating intervention strategies for occupations in direct contact with infectious agents or affected by mental health issues. To evaluate current NLP methods and to generate resources, we have organized the ProfNER track at SMM4H 2021, providing ProfNER participants with a Gold Standard corpus of manually annotated tweets (human IAA of 0.919) following annotation guidelines available in Spanish and English, an occupation gazetteer, a machine-translated version of tweets, and FastText embeddings. Out of 35 registered teams, 11 submitted a total of 27 runs. Best-performing participants built systems based on recent NLP technologies (eg transformers) and achieved 0.93 F-score in Text Classification and 0.839 in Named Entity Recognition. Corpus:

Proceedings of the Sixth Social Media Mining for Health (#SMM4H) Workshop and Shared Task - Association for Computational Linguistics
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Luis Gasco
Luis Gasco
NLP Research Engineer