Osprey: Weak Supervision of Imbalanced Extraction Problems without Code

30/05/2019 - 12:00

Supervised methods are commonly used for machine-learning based applications but require expensive labeled dataset creation and maintenance. Increasingly, practitioners employ weak supervision approaches, where training labels are programmatically generated in higher-level but noisier ways. However, these approaches require domain experts with programming skills. Additionally, highly imbalanced data is often a significant practical challenge for these approaches. In this work, we propose Osprey, a weak-supervision system suited for highly-imbalanced data, built on top of the Snorkel framework. In order to support non-coders, the programmatic labeling is decoupled into a code layer and a configuration one. This decoupling enables a rapid development of end-to-end systems by encoding the business logic into the configuration layer. We apply the resulting system on highly-imbalanced (0.05% positive) social-media data using a synthetic data rebalancing and augmentation approach, and a novel technique of ensembling a generative model over the legacy rules with a learned discriminative model. We demonstrate how an existing rule-based model can be transformed easily into a weakly-supervised one. For 3 relation extraction applications based on real-world deployments at Intel, we show that with a fraction of the cost, we achieve gains of 18.5 precision points and 28.5 coverage points over prior traditionally supervised and rules-based approaches.