Word Sense Disambiguation for Exploiting Hierarchical Thesauri in Text Classification [chapter]

Dimitrios Mavroeidis, George Tsatsaronis, Michalis Vazirgiannis, Martin Theobald, Gerhard Weikum
2005 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
The introduction of hierarchical thesauri (HT) that contain significant semantic information, has led researchers to investigate their potential for improving performance of the text classification task, extending the traditional "bag of words" representation, incorporating syntactic and semantic relationships among words. In this paper we address this problem by proposing a Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD) approach based on the intuition that word proximity in the document implies proximity
more » ... in the HT graph. We argue that the high precision exhibited by our WSD algorithm in various humanly-disambiguated benchmark datasets, is appropriate for the classification task. Moreover, we define a semantic kernel, based on the general concept of GVSM kernels, that captures the semantic relations contained in the hierarchical thesaurus. Finally, we conduct experiments using various corpora achieving a systematic improvement in classification accuracy using the SVM algorithm, especially when the training set is small.
doi:10.1007/11564126_21 fatcat:5fx2q7mv6fbshm2bwwkvbelegm