Are Human-Input Seeds Good Enough for Entity Set Expansion? Seeds Rewriting by Leveraging Wikipedia Semantic Knowledge

  • Zhenyu Qi
  • Kang Liu
  • Jun Zhao
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7675)


Entity Set Expansion is an important task for open information extraction, which refers to expanding a given partial seed set to a more complete set that belongs to the same semantic class. Many previous researches have proved that the quality of seeds can influence expansion performance a lot since human-input seeds may be ambiguous, sparse etc. In this paper, we propose a novel method which can generate new, high-quality seeds and replace original, poor-quality ones. In our method, we leverage Wikipedia as a semantic knowledge to measure semantic relatedness and ambiguity of each seed. Moreover, to avoid the sparseness of the seed, we use web resources to measure its population. Then new seeds are generated to replace original, poor-quality seeds. Experimental results show that new seed sets generated by our method can improve entity expansion performance by up to average 9.1% over original seed sets.


information extraction seed rewrite semantic knowledge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhenyu Qi
    • 1
  • Kang Liu
    • 1
  • Jun Zhao
    • 1
  1. 1.National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition(NLPR)Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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