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

Topic Segmentation in the Wild: Towards Segmentation of Semi-structured & Unstructured Chats

Reshmi Ghosh · Sharanya Kamath · Soundararajan Srinivasan · Dhuri Shrivastava · Samyadeep Basu · Harjeet Kajal

Keywords: [ ENLSP-Main ]


Breaking down a document or a conversation into multiple contiguous segments based on its semantic structure is an important and challenging problem in NLP, which can assist many downstream tasks. However, current works on topic segmentation often focus on segmentation of structured texts. In this paper, we comprehensively analyze the generalization capabilities of state-of-the-art topic segmentation models on unstructured texts. We find that: (a) Current strategies of pre-training on a large corpus of structured text such as Wiki-727K do not help in transferability to unstructured texts. (b) Training from scratch with only a relatively small-sized dataset of the target unstructured domain improves the segmentation results by a significant margin

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