Paper: Taxonomy Construction Using Syntactic Contextual Evidence

ACL ID D14-1088
Title Taxonomy Construction Using Syntactic Contextual Evidence
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2014

Taxonomies are the backbone of many structured, semantic knowledge resources. Recent works for extracting taxonomic relations from text focused on collect- ing lexical-syntactic patterns to extract the taxonomic relations by matching the pat- terns to text. These approaches, however, often show low coverage due to the lack of contextual analysis across sentences. To address this issue, we propose a novel ap- proach that collectively utilizes contextual information of terms in syntactic struc- tures such that if the set of contexts of a term includes most of contexts of an- other term, a subsumption relation be- tween the two terms is inferred. We ap- ply this method to the task of taxonomy construction from scratch, where we intro- duce another novel graph-based algorithm for taxonomic str...