Interpretation of Compound Nominals Using WordNet

  • Leslie Barrett
  • Anthony R. Davis
  • Bonnie J. Dorr
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2004)


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.


Semantic Relationship Semantic Distance Head Noun Lexical Ambiguity Closeness Measure 
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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

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