Workshop: Second Workshop on Efficient Natural Language and Speech Processing (ENLSP-II)

Graph Masking Pre-training for Graph-to-Text Generation

Jiuzhou Han · Ehsan Shareghi

Keywords: [ Efficient Graphs for NLP ] [ ENLSP-Main ]


Large-scale pre-trained language models (PLMs) have advanced Graph-to-Text (G2T) generation by processing the linearised version of a graph. However, the linearisation is known to ignore the structural information. Additionally, PLMs are typically pre-trained on free text which introduces domain mismatch between pre-training and downstream G2T generation tasks. To address these shortcomings, we propose efficient graph masking pre-training strategies that neither require supervision signals nor adjust the architecture of the underlying pre-trained encoder-decoder model. When used with a pre-trained T5, our approach achieves new state-of-the-art results on WebNLG+2020 and EventNarrative G2T generation datasets. Our method also shows to be very effective in the low-resource setting. Our code will be available with publication.

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