Interpretation of Compound Nominals Using WordNet

  • Leslie Barrett
  • Anthony R. Davis
  • Bonnie J. Dorr
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-44686-9_17

Volume 2004 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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Barrett L., Davis A.R., Dorr B.J. (2001) Interpretation of Compound Nominals Using WordNet. In: Gelbukh A. (eds) Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing. CICLing 2001. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2004. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

We describe an approach to interpreting noun-noun compounds within a question answering system. The system’s lexicon, based on WordNet, provides the basis for heuristics that group noun-noun compounds with seman- tically similar words. The semantic relationship between the nouns in a com- pound is determined by the choice of heuristic for the compound. We discuss procedures for selecting one heuristic in cases where several can apply to a compound, the effects of lexical ambiguity, and some initial results of our methods.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie Barrett
    • 1
  • Anthony R. Davis
    • 1
  • Bonnie J. Dorr
    • 2
  1. 1.AnswerLogic, IncWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniv. of MarylandUSA