View Distillation with Unlabeled Data for Extracting Adverse Drug Effects from User-Generated Data

Payam Karisani, Jinho D. Choi, Li Xiong


We present an algorithm based on multi-layer transformers for identifying Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) in social media data. Our model relies on the properties of the problem and the characteristics of contextual word embeddings to extract two views from documents. Then a classifier is trained on each view to label a set of unlabeled documents to be used as an initializer for a new classifier in the other view. Finally, the initialized classifier in each view is further trained using the initial training examples. We evaluated our model in the largest publicly available ADR dataset. The experiments testify that our model significantly outperforms the transformer-based models pretrained on domain-specific data.

Venue / Year

Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Social Media Mining for Health Applications (SMM4H) / 2021


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