Knowledge and Information Systems

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 467–497 | Cite as

A new semantic relatedness measurement using WordNet features

  • Mohamed Ali Hadj TaiebEmail author
  • Mohamed Ben AouichaEmail author
  • Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou
Regular Paper


Computing semantic similarity/relatedness between concepts and words is an important issue of many research fields. Information theoretic approaches exploit the notion of Information Content (IC) that provides for a concept a better understanding of its semantics. In this paper, we present a complete IC metrics survey with a critical study. Then, we propose a new intrinsic IC computing method using taxonomical features extracted from an ontology for a particular concept. This approach quantifies the subgraph formed by the concept subsumers using the depth and the descendents count as taxonomical parameters. In a second part, we integrate this IC metric in a new parameterized multistrategy approach for measuring word semantic relatedness. This measure exploits the WordNet features such as the noun “is a” taxonomy, the nominalization relation allowing the use of verb “is a” taxonomy and the shared words (overlaps) in glosses. Our work has been evaluated and compared with related works using a wide set of benchmarks conceived for word semantic similarity/relatedness tasks. Obtained results show that our IC method and the new relatedness measure correlated better with human judgments than related works.


Semantic similarity Semantic relatedness WordNet  Information content Gloss 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MIRACL LaboratorySfax UniversitySfaxTunisia

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