Prepositional Phrase Attachment Disambiguation Using WordNet
We first demonstrate that the best approach to extracting tuples from parsed texts is a top-down postorder traversal algorithm. Following that, the various challenges in forming the prepositional classes utilizing WordNet semantic relations are described. We then discuss the actions that need to be taken towards applying the prepositional classes to the disambiguation task. A novel application of this method is also discussed, by which the tuples to be disambiguated are also expanded via WordNet, thus introducing a client-side application of the algorithms utilized to build prepositional classes. Finally, we present results of different variants of our disambiguating algorithm, contrasting the precision and recall of various combinations of constraints, and comparing our algorithm to a baseline method that falls back to attaching a prepositional phrase to the closest left phrase. Our conclusion is that our algorithm provides improved performance compared to the baseline and is therefore a useful new method of performing knowledge-based disambiguation of prepositional phrase attachments.
School:University of Waterloo
School Location:Canada - Ontario
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:computer science natural language processing disambiguation semantics
Date of Publication:01/01/2006