Towards Automatic Domain Classification of Technical Terms: Estimating Domain Specificity of a Term Using the Web

  • Takehito Utsuro
  • Mitsuhiro Kida
  • Masatsugu Tonoike
  • Satoshi Sato
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4182)


This paper proposes a method of domain specificity estimation of technical terms using the Web. In the proposed method, it is assumed that, for a certain technical domain, a list of known technical terms of the domain is given. Technical documents of the domain are collected through the Web search engine, which are then used for generating a vector space model for the domain. The domain specificity of a target term is estimated according to the distribution of the domain of the sample pages of the target term. Experimental evaluation results show that the proposed method achieved mostly 90% precision/recall.


Electric Engineering Target Domain Technical Term Vector Space Model Document Similarity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takehito Utsuro
    • 1
  • Mitsuhiro Kida
    • 2
  • Masatsugu Tonoike
    • 3
  • Satoshi Sato
    • 4
  1. 1.Graduate School of Systems and Information EngineeringUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Nintendo Co.,Ltd.Kyoto-shiJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of InformaticsKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  4. 4.Graduate School of EngineeringNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

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