2011 Volume 8 Issue 5 Pages 306-310
Traditional methods for event causal relation extraction covered only part of the explicit causal relation in text. This paper presents a method for event causal relation extraction by using dual-layer Conditional Random Fields (CRFs). The method casts the problem of event causal relation extraction as event sequence labeling and employs dual-layer CRFs model to label the causal relation of event sequence. The first layer of the CRFs model is used to label the semantic role of causal relation of the events, and then the output of the first layer is passed to the second layer for labeling the boundaries of the event causal relation. Experimental results show that our method not only covers each class of explicit event causal relation in the text, but also achieves good performance and the F-Measure of the overall performance arrives at 85.3%.