Automatically learning and specifying association relations between words

Jun Zhang, Qing Li, Xiangfeng Luo, Xiao Wei

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One of the most fundamental works for providing better Web services is the discovery of inter-word relations. However, the state of the art is either to acquire specific relations (e.g., causality) by involving much human efforts, or incapable of specifying relations in detail when no human effort is needed. In this paper, we propose a novel mechanism based on linguistics and cognitive psychology to automatically learn and specify association relations between words. The proposed mechanism, termed as ALSAR, includes two major processes: the first is to learn association relations from the perspective of verb valency grammar in linguistics, and the second is to further lable/specify the association relations with the help of related verbs. The resultant mechanism (i.e., ALSAR) is able to provide semantic descriptors which make inter-word relations more explicit without involving any human labeling. Furthermore, ALSAR incurs a very low complexity, and experimental evaluations on Chinese news articles crawled from Baidu News demonstrate good performance of ALSAR.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeb-Age Information Management - 15th International Conference, WAIM 2014, Proceedings
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319080093
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International Conference on Web-Age Information Management, WAIM 2014 - Macau, China
Duration: 16 Jun 201418 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8485 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th International Conference on Web-Age Information Management, WAIM 2014


  • Cognitive psychology
  • Information retrieval
  • Specify association relation
  • Verb valency grammar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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