Evaluating the word-expert approach for Named-Entity Disambiguation

15 Mar 2016  ·  Angel X. Chang, Valentin I. Spitkovsky, Christopher D. Manning, Eneko Agirre ·

Named Entity Disambiguation (NED) is the task of linking a named-entity mention to an instance in a knowledge-base, typically Wikipedia. This task is closely related to word-sense disambiguation (WSD), where the supervised word-expert approach has prevailed. In this work we present the results of the word-expert approach to NED, where one classifier is built for each target entity mention string. The resources necessary to build the system, a dictionary and a set of training instances, have been automatically derived from Wikipedia. We provide empirical evidence of the value of this approach, as well as a study of the differences between WSD and NED, including ambiguity and synonymy statistics.

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