ESCOXLM-R: Multilingual Taxonomy-driven Pre-training for the Job Market Domain

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The increasing number of benchmarks for Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks in the computational job market domain highlights the demand for methods that can handle job-related tasks such as skill extraction, skill classification, job title classification, and de-identification. While some approaches have been developed that are specific to the job market domain, there is a lack of generalized, multilingual models and benchmarks for these tasks. In this study, we introduce a language model called ESCOXLM-R, based on XLM-R-large, which uses domain-adaptive pre-training on the European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) taxonomy, covering 27 languages. The pre-training objectives for ESCOXLM-R include dynamic masked language modeling and a novel additional objective for inducing multilingual taxonomical ESCO relations. We comprehensively evaluate the performance of ESCOXLM-R on 6 sequence labeling and 3 classification tasks in 4 languages and find that it achieves state-of-the-art results on 6 out of 9 datasets. Our analysis reveals that ESCOXLM-R performs better on short spans and outperforms XLM-R-large on entity-level and surface-level span-F1, likely due to ESCO containing short skill and occupation titles, and encoding information on the entity-level.
TitelThe 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Antal sider20
Vol/bindProceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers)
UdgivelsesstedToronto, Canada
ForlagAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Publikationsdatojul. 2023
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2023


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