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Title Automatic Thesaurus Construction for Modern Hebrew
Authors Chaya Liebeskind, Ido Dagan and Jonathan Schler
Abstract Automatic thesaurus construction for Modern Hebrew is a complicated task, due to its high degree of inflectional ambiguity. Linguistics tools, including morphological analyzers, part-of-speech taggers and parsers often have limited in performance on Morphologically Rich Languages (MRLs) such as Hebrew. In this paper, we adopted a schematic methodology for generating a co-occurrence based thesaurus in a MRL and extended the methodology to create distributional similarity thesaurus. We explored three alternative levels of morphological term representations, surface form, lemma, and multiple lemmas, all complemented by the clustering of morphological variants. First, we evaluated both the co-occurrence based method and the distributional similarity method using Hebrew WordNet as our gold standard. However, due to Hebrew WordNet's low coverage, we completed our analysis with a manual evaluation. The results showed that for Modern Hebrew corpus-based thesaurus construction, the most directly applied statistical collection, using linguistics tools at the lemma level, is not optimal.
Topics Other, Semantics, Lexicon, Lexical Database
Full paper Automatic Thesaurus Construction for Modern Hebrew
Bibtex @InProceedings{LIEBESKIND18.460,
  author = {Chaya Liebeskind and Ido Dagan and Jonathan Schler},
  title = "{Automatic Thesaurus Construction for Modern Hebrew}",
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)},
  year = {2018},
  month = {May 7-12, 2018},
  address = {Miyazaki, Japan},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference chair) and Khalid Choukri and Christopher Cieri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Koiti Hasida and Hitoshi Isahara and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Hélène Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis and Takenobu Tokunaga},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {979-10-95546-00-9},
  language = {english}
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