Leveraging Web Semantic Knowledge in Word Representation Learning

  • Haoyan Liu Beihang University
  • Lei Fang Microsoft
  • Jian-Guang Lou Microsoft
  • Zhoujun Li Beihang University

Abstract

Much recent work focuses on leveraging semantic lexicons like WordNet to enhance word representation learning (WRL) and achieves promising performance on many NLP tasks. However, most existing methods might have limitations because they require high-quality, manually created, semantic lexicons or linguistic structures. In this paper, we propose to leverage semantic knowledge automatically mined from web structured data to enhance WRL. We first construct a semantic similarity graph, which is referred as semantic knowledge, based on a large collection of semantic lists extracted from the web using several pre-defined HTML tag patterns. Then we introduce an efficient joint word representation learning model to capture semantics from both semantic knowledge and text corpora. Compared with recent work on improving WRL with semantic resources, our approach is more general, and can be easily scaled with no additional effort. Extensive experimental results show that our approach outperforms the state-of-the-art methods on word similarity, word sense disambiguation, text classification and textual similarity tasks.

Published
2019-07-17
Section
AAAI Technical Track: Natural Language Processing