AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth International FLAIRS Conference

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Dissimilarity Kernels for Paraphrase Identification
Mihai Lintean, Vasile Rus

Last modified: 2011-03-20


We present in this paper a novel solution to the problem of paraphrase identification based on lexical dissimilarity kernels. Lexical kernels in conjunction with Support Vector Machines are preferred over other learning methods, e.g. decision trees, due to their ability to handle a high number of features. Dissimilarity-based kernels emphasize dissimilarities among text fragments and therefore are appropriate for text similarity tasks characterized by high lexical overlap. We conducted experiments with our kernels on the Microsoft Research (MSR) Paraphrase Corpus, a standardized data set used for assessing approaches to paraphrase identification. Our reported accuracy results are competitive and robust when compared to state-of-the-art single-model approaches. The results were obtained using 10-fold cross-validation over the entire corpus. We also report competitive results on the test portion of the MSR Paraphrase Corpus, which is the standard way to report results on this corpus.

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