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KPI-BERT: A Joint Named Entity Recognition and Relation Extraction for Financial Reports

Author: L. Hillebrand, T. Deusser, C. Bauckhage, R. Sifa
Journal: ICPR
Year: 2022

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L. Hillebrand, T. Deusser, C. Bauckhage, R. Sifa,
ICPR,
2022,
https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2208.02140

We present KPI-BERT, a system which employs novel methods of named entity recognition (NER) and relation extraction (RE) to extract and link key performance indicators (e.g. “revenue” or “interest expenses”) of companies from realworld German financial documents.

Specifically, we introduce an end-to-end trainable architecture that is based on Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT) combining a recurrent neural network (RNN) with conditional label masking to sequentially tag entities before it classifies their relations.

Our model also introduces a learnable RNN-based pooling mechanism and incorporates domain expert knowledge by explicitly filtering impossible relations.

We achieve a substantially higher prediction performance on a new practical dataset of German financial reports, outperforming several strong baselines including a competing state-of-the-art span-based entity tagging approach.