Extended gloss overlaps as a measure of semantic relatedness

Satanjeev Banerjee, Ted Pedersen

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This paper presents a new measure of semantic relatedness between concepts that is based on the number of shared words (overlaps) in their definitions (glosses). This measure is unique in that it extends the glosses of the concepts under consideration to include the glosses of other concepts to which they are related according to a given concept hierarchy. We show that this new measure reasonably correlates to human judgments. We introduce a new method of word sense disambiguation based on extended gloss overlaps, and demonstrate that it fares well on the SENSEVAL-2 lexical sample data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-810
Number of pages6
JournalIJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2003 - Acapulco, Mexico
Duration: Aug 9 2003Aug 15 2003


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