Finding Predominant Word Senses in Untagged Text

McCarthy, D., Koeling, R., Weeds, J. and Carroll, J. (2004) Finding Predominant Word Senses in Untagged Text. In: 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Barcelona, Spain.

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In word sense disambiguation (WSD), the heuristic of choosing the most common sense is extremely powerful because the distribution of the senses of a word is often skewed. The problem with using the predominant, or first sense heuristic, aside from the fact that it does not take surrounding context into account, is that it assumes some quantity of handtagged data. Whilst there are a few hand-tagged corpora available for some languages, one would expect the frequency distribution of the senses of words, particularly topical words, to depend on the genre and domain of the text under consideration. We present work on the use of a thesaurus acquired from raw textual corpora and the WordNet similarity package to find predominant noun senses automatically. The acquired predominant senses give a precision of 64% on the nouns of the SENSEVAL- 2 English all-words task. This is a very promising result given that our method does not require any hand-tagged text, such as SemCor. Furthermore, we demonstrate that our method discovers appropriate predominant senses for words from two domainspecific corpora.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Publisher's version available freely at the official url
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:51
Google Scholar:221 Citations

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