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Modern Languages, Basque Studies and Humanities


junio 19th, 2009 · No hay Comentarios

Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD) is the work of finding the sense that a word has in a context. The main problem of the WSD is deciding what are the senses of the word. Sometimes the senses are very different or could be also very close. One of the solution to this problem that some researchers have done is to choose a dictionary and use the senses of that dictionary. WSD systems, normally, are tested and seen the results on a task and compare against those of a human.However, humans do not always agree on which sense belongs to which word. A computer is not expected to give better task than a human.

In WSD there’s two kind of approaches: the shallow approach and the deep approach. The first one happens taking the word placement and adjacent into consideration like indicators. The second one, the deep approach, that relies on dictionaries to determine the proper sense. But, unfortunately, designing a database for the deep approach is not easy.


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