AAAI Publications, 2010 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Finding New Information Via Robust Entity Detection
Francisco Iacobelli, Nathan Nichols, Larry Birnbaum, Kristian Hammond

Last modified: 2010-11-01


Journalists and editors work under pressure to collect relevant details and background information about specific events. They spend a significant amount of time sifting through documents and finding new information such as facts, opinions or stakeholders (i.e. people, places and organizations that have a stake in the news). Spotting them is a tedious and cognitively intense process. One task, essential to this process, is to find and keep track of stakeholders. This task is taxing cognitively and in terms of memory. Tell Me More offers an automatic aid to this task. Tell Me More is a system that, given a seed story, mines the web for similar stories reported by different sources and selects only those stories which offer new information with respect to that original seed story. Much like a journalist, the task of detecting named entities is central to its success. In this paper we briefly describe Tell Me More and, in particular, we focus on Tell Me More's entity detection component. We describe an approach that combines off-the-shelf named entity recognizers (NERs) with WPED, an in-house publicly available NER that uses Wikipedia as its knowledge base. We show significant increase in precision scores with respect to traditional NERs. Lastly, we present an overall evaluation of Tell Me More using this approach.


new information; entity detection; wikifier

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