Measuring the semantic similarity between words in an important component in various tasks on the web such as relation extraction, community mining, document clustering, and automatic metadata extraction. Despite the usefulness of semantic similarity measures in these applications, accurately measuring semantic similarity between two words (or entities) remains a challenging task. We propose an empirical method to estimate semantic similarity using page counts and text snippets retrieved from a web search engine for two words.
Specifically, we define various word co-occurrence measures using page counts and integrate those with lexical patterns extracted from text snippets. To identify the numerous semantic relations that exist between two given words, we propose a novel pattern extraction algorithm and a pattern clustering algorithm. The optimal combination of page counts-based co-occurrence measures and lexical pattern clusters is learned using support vector machines.
The proposed method outperforms various baselines and previously proposed web-based semantic similarity measures on three benchmark data sets showing a high correlation with human ratings. Moreover, the proposed method significantly improves the accuracy in a community mining task.
Accurately measuring the semantic similarity between words is an important problem in web mining, information retrieval, and natural language processing. Web mining applications such as, community extraction, relation detection, and entity disambiguation require the ability to accurately measure the semantic similarity between concepts or entities.
In information retrieval, one of the main problems is to retrieve a set of documents that is semantically related to a given user query. Efficient estimation of semantic similarity between words is critical for various natural language processing tasks such as word sense disambiguation (WSD), textual entailment, and automatic text summarization. For example, apple is frequently associated with computers on the web. However, this sense of apple is not listed in most general – purpose thesauri or dictionaries.
We propose an automatic method to estimate the semantic similarity between words or entities using web search engines. Web search engines provide an efficient interface to this vast information. Page counts and snippets are two useful information sources provided by most web search engines.
Page count of a query is an estimate of the number of pages that contain the query words. In general, page count may not necessarily be equal to the word frequency because the queried word might appear many times on one page. We present an automatically extracted lexical syntactic patterns-based approach to compute the semantic similarity between words or entities using text snippets retrieved from a web search engine.
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