Entity Set Co-Expansion in StackOverflow

Yu Zhang, Yunyi Zhang, Yucheng Jiang, Martin Michalski, Yu Deng, Lucian Popa, Cheng Xiang Zhai, Jiawei Han

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Given a few seed entities of a certain type (e.g., Software or Programming Language), entity set expansion aims to discover an extensive set of entities that share the same type as the seeds. Entity set expansion in software-related domains such as StackOverflow can benefit many downstream tasks (e.g., software knowledge graph construction) and facilitate better IT operations and service management. Meanwhile, existing approaches are less concerned with two problems: (1) How to deal with multiple types of seed entities simultaneously? (2) How to leverage the power of pre-trained language models (PLMs)? Being aware of these two problems, in this paper, we study the entity set co-expansion task in StackOverflow, which extracts Library, OS, Application, and Language entities from StackOverflow question-answer threads. During the co-expansion process, we use PLMs to derive embeddings of candidate entities for calculating similarities between entities. Experimental results show that our proposed SECoExpan framework outperforms previous approaches significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2022 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2022
EditorsShusaku Tsumoto, Yukio Ohsawa, Lei Chen, Dirk Van den Poel, Xiaohua Hu, Yoichi Motomura, Takuya Takagi, Lingfei Wu, Ying Xie, Akihiro Abe, Vijay Raghavan
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665480451
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event2022 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2022 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: Dec 17 2022Dec 20 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2022 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2022


Conference2022 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2022


  • StackOverflow
  • entity extraction
  • set expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Control and Optimization


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