Paper: Computing Word-Pair Antonymy

ACL ID D08-1103
Title Computing Word-Pair Antonymy
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2008

Knowing the degree of antonymy between words has widespread applications in natural language processing. Manually-created lexi- cons have limited coverage and do not include most semantically contrasting word pairs. We present a new automatic and empirical mea- sure of antonymy that combines corpus statis- tics with the structure of a published the- saurus. The approach is evaluated on a set of closest-opposite questions, obtaining a preci- sion of over 80%. Along the way, we discuss what humans consider antonymous and how antonymy manifests itself in utterances.