Acronym Identification and Disambiguation shared tasks for Scientific Document Understanding

AAAI 2021 Workshop on Scientific Document Understanding

Published February 9, 2021

Amir Pouran Ben Veyseh, Franck Dernoncourt, Thien Huu Nguyen, Walter Chang, Leo Anthony Celi

Acronyms are the short forms of longer phrases and they are frequently used in writing, especially scholarly writing, to save space and facilitate the communication of information. As such, every text understanding tool should be capable of recognizing acronyms in text (i.e., acronym identification) and also finding their correct meaning (i.e., acronym disambiguation). As most of the prior works on these tasks are restricted to the biomedical domain and use unsupervised methods or models trained on limited datasets, they fail to perform well for scientific document understanding. To push forward research in this direction, we have organized two shared task for acronym identification and acronym disambiguation in scientific documents, named AI@SDU and AD@SDU, respectively. The two shared tasks have attracted 52 and 43 participants, respectively. While the submitted systems make substantial improvements compared to the existing baselines, there are still far from the human-level performance. This paper reviews the two shared tasks and the prominent participating systems for each of them.