Paper: Distinguishing Word Senses In Untagged Text

ACL ID W97-0322
Title Distinguishing Word Senses In Untagged Text
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 1997

This paper describes an experimental com- parison of three unsupervised learning al- gorithms that distinguish the sense of an ambiguous word in untagged text. The methods described in this paper, McQuitty's similarity analysis, Ward's minimum-variance method, and the EM algorithm, assign each instance of an am- biguous word to a known sense definition based solely on the values of automatically identifiable features in text. These meth- ods and feature sets are found to be more successful in disambiguating nouns rather than adjectives or verbs. Overall, the most accurate of these procedures is McQuitty's similarity analysis in combination with a high dimensional feature set.