Graph-free Multi-hop Reading Comprehension: A Select-to-Guide Strategy [article]

Bohong Wu, Zhuosheng Zhang, Hai Zhao
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Multi-hop reading comprehension (MHRC) requires not only to predict the correct answer span in the given passage, but also to provide a chain of supporting evidences for reasoning interpretability. It is natural to model such a process into graph structure by understanding multi-hop reasoning as jumping over entity nodes, which has made graph modelling dominant on this task. Recently, there have been dissenting voices about whether graph modelling is indispensable due to the inconvenience of
more » ... graph building, however existing state-of-the-art graph-free attempts suffer from huge performance gap compared to graph-based ones. This work presents a novel graph-free alternative which firstly outperform all graph models on MHRC. In detail, we exploit a select-to-guide (S2G) strategy to accurately retrieve evidence paragraphs in a coarse-to-fine manner, incorporated with two novel attention mechanisms, which surprisingly shows conforming to the nature of multi-hop reasoning. Our graph-free model achieves significant and consistent performance gain over strong baselines and the current new state-of-the-art on the MHRC benchmark, HotpotQA, among all the published works.
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