Note: As this tool is currently in its Beta phase, please contact your Customer Success Manager to gain early access.
Note: For Dedicated customers, this feature is currently not available On-Premises and only available via the cloud multi-tenant Appen Data Annotation Platform.
- Span - a string of text with an assigned class label; the output of a model or contributor judgment.
- Relationship - consists of two spans (from a span and to a span) and the relation between them.
- Relation - the name/type of the relation between two spans as defined in the job's ontology.
- From span - the starting span in a relationship
- To span - the ending span in a relationship
The source data of a Text Relationship job can come from two different sources:
- The output of a previous text annotation job on the Appen platform
- The output of a previously ran text annotation job on the Appen platform can be uploaded to a text relationship job directly without any modification.
- Data created externally
- A source file containing data created externally can be uploaded to a text relationship job, but an identical JSON format (hosted in a URL and a CORS configured bucket) as the output of a text annotation job on the Appen platform will be required.
Note: There is an example file attached below on how to format source data.
Build a Job
Below are the parameters available for the text relationship tool. Some are required in the element, some can be left out.
- The name of the source data column containing the data to be annotated
- The result header where the result links will be stored
- The name of the source data column containing the context of each data row
- The name of the source data column containing pre-annotated text relationships
- Please set task-type=”qa” when designing a review or QA job. This parameter needs to be used in conjunction with review-data . See this article for more details.
- The Ontology Manager allows job owners to create and edit the ontology within a Text Relationship job. Text Relationship Jobs require an ontology to launch.
- When the CML for a text relationship job is saved, the Ontology Manager link will appear at the top right of the Design page.
- The ontology of Text Relationship jobs allows you to create relationship restrictions to each span class.
- The ontology of a Text Relationships job can be copied from a Text Annotation job or another Text Relationships job, via download and upload.
Figure 2: Ontology Manager for Text Relationship
Ontology Manager Best Practices
- The limit of ontology is 1,000 classes, however, as best practice, we recommend not exceeding 16 classes in a job to ensure contributors can understand and process the different classes.
- Choose from 16 colors pre-selected or upload custom colors as hex code via the CSV ontology upload.
Important Note: If there is no relationship restriction defined to a class, the class will not able to relate to any other classes in the job.
- Results are links to a JSON file that contains a list of relationships.
- The links are found in the Full or Aggregated report under the column header that was specified as the value for the name attribute.
- Result links will expire 15 days after generation; to access results after the links have expired, you will need to re-generate the result report.
- Each relationship instance is an array of five attributes:
id: the unique ID of each relationship instance
name: the class name of the relation
from_span: contains the details of from_span
to_span: contains the details of to_span
annotated_by: indicates whether a relationship instance is pre-loaded into the job or manually added by an annotator
- Below is an example of result JSON