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Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 34, Issue 1–2, pp 15–48 | Cite as

Framework and Results for English SENSEVAL

  • A. Kilgarriff
  • J. Rosenzweig
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Abstract

Senseval was the first open, community-based evaluation exercisefor Word Sense Disambiguation programs. It adopted the quantitativeapproach to evaluation developed in MUC and other ARPA evaluationexercises. It took place in 1998. In this paper we describe thestructure, organisation and results of the SENSEVAL exercise forEnglish. We present and defend various design choices for theexercise, describe the data and gold-standard preparation, considerissues of scoring strategies and baselines, and present the resultsfor the 18 participating systems. The exercise identifies thestate-of-the-art for fine-grained word sense disambiguation, wheretraining data is available, as 74–78% correct, with a number ofalgorithms approaching this level of performance. For systems thatdid not assume the availability of training data, performance wasmarkedly lower and also more variable. Human inter-tagger agreementwas high, with the gold standard taggings being around 95%replicable.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Kilgarriff
    • 1
  • J. Rosenzweig
    • 2
  1. 1.ITRIUniversity of BrightonBrightonUK
  2. 2.University of PennsylvaniaUSA

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