Optimizing Classifier Performance in Word Sense Disambiguation by Redefining Word Sense Classes

Upali S Kohomban, Wee Sun Lee

Learning word sense classes has been shown to be useful in fine-grained word sense disambiguation. However, the common choice for sense classes, WordNet lexicographer files, are not designed for machine learning based word sense disambiguation. In this work, we explore the use of clustering techniques in an effort to construct sense classes that are more suitable for word sense disambiguation end-task. Our results show that these classes can significantly improve classifier performance over the state of the art results of unrestricted word sense disambiguation.

Subjects: 13. Natural Language Processing; 13.2 Machine Translation

Submitted: Oct 6, 2006

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