Multilingual Applications

Another use case for LKBs are multilingual applications. This chapter covers two examples: multilingual semantic relatedness and computer-aided translation.


Calculating the semantic similarity or relatedness of words or larger text units, such as sentences, is a core task for many NLP applications. For instance, it is a component in approaches for text reuse detection [Bär et al., 2012], textual inference [Zaenen et al., 2005], or paraphrasing [Androutsopoulos and Malakasiotis, 2010]. There are numerous datasets—both monolingual and cross-lingual ones—to test the performance of semantic similarity or relatedness calculation. While most of these datasets focus on words ...

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