Paper: Determining Word Sense Dominance Using A Thesaurus

ACL ID E06-1016
Title Determining Word Sense Dominance Using A Thesaurus
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2006

The degree of dominance of a sense of a word is the proportion of occurrences of that sense in text. We propose four new methods to accurately determine word sense dominance using raw text and a pub- lished thesaurus. Unlike the McCarthy et al. (2004) system, these methods can be used on relatively small target texts, without the need for a similarly-sense- distributed auxiliary text. We perform an extensive evaluation using artificially gen- erated thesaurus-sense-tagged data. In the process, we create a word–category co- occurrence matrix, which can be used for unsupervised word sense disambiguation and estimating distributional similarity of word senses, as well.