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PASCAL Recognizing Textual Entailment Challenge (RTE-6) at TAC 2010


Given two text fragments called 'Text' and 'Hypothesis', Textual Entailment Recognition is the task of determining whether the meaning of the Hypothesis is entailed (can be inferred) from the Text. The goal of the first RTE Challenge was to provide the NLP community with a benchmark to test progress in recognizing textual entailment, and to compare the achievements of different groups. Since its inception in 2004, the PASCAL RTE Challenges have promoted research in textual entailment recognition as a generic task that captures major semantic inference needs across many natural language processing applications, such as Question Answering (QA), Information Retrieval (IR), Information Extraction (IE), and multi-document Summarization.

After the first three highly successful PASCAL RTE Challenges, RTE became a track at the 2008 Text Analysis Conference, which brought it together with communities working on NLP applications. The interaction has provided the opportunity to apply RTE systems to specific applications and to move the RTE task towards more realistic application scenarios.

RTE-6 Tasks

The RTE-6 tasks focus on recognizing textual entailment in two application settings: Summarization and Knowledge Base Population.

  1. Main Task (Summarization scenario): Given a corpus and a set of "candidate" sentences retrieved by Lucene from that corpus, RTE systems are required to identify all the sentences from among the candidate sentences that entail a given Hypothesis. The RTE-6 Main Task is based on the TAC Update Summarization Task. In the Update Summarization Task, each topic contains two sets of documents ("A" and "B"), where all the "A" documents chronologically precede all the "B" documents. An RTE-6 Main Task "corpus" consists of 10 "A" documents, while Hypotheses are taken from sentences in the "B" documents.
  2. KBP Validation Pilot (Knowledge Base Population scenario): Based on the TAC Knowledge Base Population (KBP) Slot-Filling task, the new KBP validation pilot task is to determine whether a given relation (Hypothesis) is supported in an associated document (Text). Each slot fill that is proposed by a system for the KBP Slot-Filling task would create one evaluation item for the RTE-KBP Validation Pilot: The Hypothesis would be a simple sentence created from the slot fill, while the Text would be the source document that was cited as supporting the slot fill.

RTE-6 does not include the traditional RTE Main Task which was carried out in the first five RTE challenges; i.e., there will be no task to make entailment judgments over isolated T-H pairs drawn from multiple applications. Instead, the new Main Task for RTE-6 is based on only the Summarization application setting. The RTE-6 Main Task is similar to the RTE-5 Search Pilot, with the following changes:

  • RTE-6 hypotheses will be taken from sentences in the "B" documents, rather than from Summary Content Units created from human-authored summaries of the "A" documents.
  • Rather than searching for entailing sentences from the entire corpus, a Lucene baseline will first be run to retrieve a smaller number of candidate sentences for entailment.
  • The exploratory effort on resource evaluation will continue through ablation tests for the new RTE-6 Main Task.


RTE-6 Schedule
April 30Main Task: Release of Development Set
May 10KBP Validation Pilot: Release of Development Set
May 21Deadline for TAC 2010 track registration
August 17KBP Validation Pilot: Release of Test Set
August 30Main Task: Release of Test Set
September 9Main Task: Deadline for task submissions
September 16Main Task: Release of individual evaluated results
September 17KBP Validation Pilot: Deadline for task submissions
September 24KBP Validation Pilot: Release of individual evaluated results
September 26Deadline for TAC 2010 workshop presentation proposals
September 30Main Task: Deadline for ablation tests submissions
October 7Main Task: Release of individual ablation test results
October 27Deadline for systems' reports
November 15-16TAC 2010 Workshop

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The mailing list for the RTE Track is rte@nist.gov. The list is used to discuss and define the task guidelines for the track, as well as for general discussion related to textual entailment and its evaluation. To subscribe, send a message to listproc@email.nist.gov such that the body consists of the line:
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Organizing Committee

    Luisa Bentivogli, CELCT and FBK, Italy
    Peter Clark, Boeing, USA
    Ido Dagan, Bar Ilan University, Israel
    Hoa Trang Dang, NIST, USA
    Danilo Giampiccolo, CELCT, Italy

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