AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fifth International FLAIRS Conference

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An Eigenvalue-Based Measure for Word-Sense Disambiguation
Ioana Hulpus, Conor Hayes, Marcel Karnstedt, Derek Greene

Last modified: 2012-05-16

Abstract


Current approaches for word-sense disambiguation (WSD) try to relate the senses of the target words by optimizing a score for each sense in the context of all other words' senses. However, by scoring each sense separately, they often fail to optimize the relations between the resulting senses. We address this problem by proposing a HITS-inspired method that attempts to optimize the score for the entire sense combination rather than one-word-at-a-time. We also exploit word-sense disambiguation via topic-models, when retrieving senses from heterogeneous sense inventories. Although this entails the relaxation of several assumptions behind current WSD algorithms, we show that our proposed method E-WSD achieves better results than current state-of-the-art approaches, without the need for additional background knowledge.

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