Evaluation of pooling operations in convolutional architectures for drug-drug interaction extraction Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2018


  • 19

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-2105


  • Background: Deep Neural Networks (DNN), in particular, Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), has recently achieved state-of-art results for the task of Drug-Drug Interaction (DDI) extraction. Most CNN architectures incorporate a pooling layer to reduce the dimensionality of the convolution layer output, preserving relevant features and removing irrelevant details. All the previous CNN based systems for DDI extraction used max-pooling layers. Results: In this paper, we evaluate the performance of various pooling methods (in particular max-pooling, average-pooling and attentive pooling), as well as their combination, for the task of DDI extraction. Our experiments show that max-pooling exhibits a higher performance in F1-score (64.56%) than attentive pooling (59.92%) and than average-pooling (58.35%). Conclusions: Max-pooling outperforms the others alternatives because is the only one which is invariant to the special pad tokens that are appending to the shorter sentences known as padding. Actually, the combination of max-pooling and attentive pooling does not improve the performance as compared with the single max-pooling technique.


  • Computer Science


  • deep learning; convolutional neural network; pooling; attention model; drug-drug interaction extraction