Paper: An Empirical Approach To The Interpretation Of Superlatives

ACL ID W06-1602
Title An Empirical Approach To The Interpretation Of Superlatives
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2006
Authors
  • Johan Bos (University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome Italy)
  • Malvina Nissim (CNR-Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology, Rome Italy)

In this paper we introduce an empirical approach to the semantic interpretation of superlative adjectives. We present a cor- pus annotated for superlatives and pro- pose an interpretation algorithm that uses a wide-coverage parser and produces se- mantic representations. We achieve F- scores between 0.84 and 0.91 for detecting attributive superlatives and an accuracy in the range of 0.69–0.84 for determining the correct comparison set. As far as we are aware, this is the first automated approach to superlatives for open-domain texts and questions.