Corpus exploitation from Wikipedia for ontology construction

Gaoying Cui, Qin Lu, Wenjie Li, Yirong Chen

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Ontology construction usually requires a domain-specific corpus for building corresponding concept hierarchy. The domain corpus must have a good coverage of domain knowledge. Wikipedia(Wiki), the world's largest online encyclopaedic knowledge source, is open-content, collaboratively edited, and free of charge. It covers millions of articles and still keeps on expanding continuously. These characteristics make Wiki a good candidate as domain corpus resource in ontology construction. However, the selected article collection must have considerable quality and quantity. In this paper, a novel approach is proposed to identify articles in Wiki as domain-specific corpus by using available classification information in Wiki pages. The main idea is to generate a domain hierarchy from the hyperlinked pages of Wiki. Only articles strongly linked to this hierarchy are selected as the domain corpus. The proposed approach makes use of linked category information in Wiki pages to produce the hierarchy as a directed graph for obtaining a set of pages in the same connected branch. Ranking and filtering are then done on these pages based on the classification tree generated by the traversal algorithm. The experiment and evaluation results show that Wiki is a good resource for acquiring a relative high quality domain-specific corpus for ontology construction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2008
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)2951740840, 9782951740846
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Event6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2008 - Palais des Congres Mansour Eddahbi, Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 28 May 200830 May 2008


Conference6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education

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