Paper: Using WordNet To Automatically Deduce Relations Between Words In Noun-Noun Compounds

ACL ID P06-2021
Title Using WordNet To Automatically Deduce Relations Between Words In Noun-Noun Compounds
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Poster Session
Year 2006
Authors

We present an algorithm for automatically disambiguating noun-noun compounds by deducing the correct semantic relation be- tween their constituent words. This algo- rithm uses a corpus of 2,500 compounds annotated with WordNet senses and cov- ering 139 different semantic relations (we make this corpus available online for re- searchers interested in the semantics of noun-noun compounds). The algorithm takes as input the WordNet senses for the nouns in a compound, finds all parent senses (hypernyms) of those senses, and searches the corpus for other compounds containing any pair of those senses. The relation with the highest proportional co- occurrence with any sense pair is returned as the correct relation for the compound. This algorithm was tested using a ’leave- one-out’ procedure o...