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Title: A topological embedding of the lexicon for semantic distance computation
Author: N. Davis
Institution: Brigham Young University
Author: C. Giraud-Carrier
Institution: Brigham Young University
Author: D. Jensen
Institution: KJ Nova
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Semantics
Abstract: We show how a quantitative context may be established for what is essentially qualitative in nature by topologically embedding a lexicon (here, WordNet) in a complete metric space. This novel transformation establishes a natural connection between the order relation in the lexicon (e.g., hyponymy) and the notion of distance in the metric space, giving rise to effective word-level and document-level lexical semantic distance measures. We provide a formal account of the topological transformation and demonstrate the value of our metrics on several experiments involving information retrieval and document clustering tasks.

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This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 16, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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