Paper: Improving the Multilingual User Experience of Wikipedia Using Cross-Language Name Search

ACL ID N10-1073
Title Improving the Multilingual User Experience of Wikipedia Using Cross-Language Name Search
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2010
Authors

Although Wikipedia has emerged as a power- ful collaborative Encyclopedia on the Web, it is only partially multilingual as most of the content is in English and a small number of other languages. In real-life scenarios, non- English users in general and ESL/EFL 1 users in particular, have a need to search for rele- vant English Wikipedia articles as no relevant articles are available in their language. The multilingual experience of such users can be significantly improved if they could express their information need in their native language while searching for English Wikipedia arti- cles. In this paper, we propose a novel cross- language name search algorithm and employ it for searching English Wikipedia articles in a diverse set of languages including Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Kannada, Ba...