Paper: Towards The Automatic Identification Of Adjectival Scales: Clustering Adjectives According To Meaning

ACL ID P93-1023
Title Towards The Automatic Identification Of Adjectival Scales: Clustering Adjectives According To Meaning
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993
Authors

In this paper we present a method to group adjectives according to their meaning, as a first step towards the automatic identification of adjectival scales. We discuss the properties of adjectival scales and of groups of semantically related adjectives and how they imply sources of linguistic knowledge in text corpora. We describe how our system exploits this linguistic knowledge to compute a measure of similarity between two adjectives, using statistical tech- niques and without having access to any semantic infor- mation about the adjectives. We also show how a clustering algorithm can use these similarities to produce the groups of adjectives, and we present results produced by our sys- tem for a sample set of adjectives. We conclude by present- ing evaluation methods for the task at ha...