EuroWordNet as a Resource for Cross-language Information Retrieval


Mark Stevenson (1), Paul Clough (2)

(1) Department of Computer Science and (2) Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street, Sheffield, UK, S1 4DP




One of the aims of EuroWordNet (EWN) was to provide a resource for Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR). In this paper we present experiments to test the usefulness of EWN for this purpose via a formal evaluation using the Spanish queries from the TREC6 CLIR test set. All CLIR systems using bilingual dictionaries must find a way of dealing with multiple translations and we employ a word sense disambiguation algorithm for this purpose. Retrieval performance using when the disambiguation algorithm was used was 90% of that recorded using queries which had been disambiguated manually.


cross-lingual information retrieval, CLIR, EuroWordNet, word sense disambiguation, WSD

Language(s) English, Spanish
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