VENSES – A Linguistically-Based System for Semantic Evaluation

  • Rodolfo Delmonte
  • Sara Tonelli
  • Marco Aldo Piccolino Boniforti
  • Antonella Bristot
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3944)


The system for semantic evaluation VENSES (Venice Semantic Evaluation System) is organized as a pipeline of two subsystems: the first is a reduced version of GETARUN, our system for Text Understanding. The output of the system is a flat list of augmented head-dependent structures with Grammatical Relations and Semantic Roles labels. The evaluation system is made up of two main modules: the first is a sequence of linguistic rules; the second is a quantitatively based measurement of input structures and predicates. VENSES measures semantic similarity which may range from identical linguistic items, to synonymous, lexically similar, or just morphologically derivable. Both modules go through General Consistency checks which are targeted to high level semantic attributes like presence of modality, negation, and opacity operators, temporal and spatial location checks. Results in cws, recall and precision are homogeneous for both training and test corpus and fare higher than 60%.


Semantic Similarity Semantic Role Main Predicate Semantic Evaluation Discourse Marker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodolfo Delmonte
    • 1
  • Sara Tonelli
    • 1
  • Marco Aldo Piccolino Boniforti
    • 1
  • Antonella Bristot
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Language Sciences, Laboratory of Computational LinguisticsUniversity Ca’ FoscariVeniceItaly

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