Extracting Synonyms from Bilingual Dictionaries

Mustafa Jarrar, Eman Naser, Muhammad Khalifa, Khaled Shaalan


Abstract
We present our progress in developing a novel algorithm to extract synonyms from bilingual dictionaries. Identification and usage of synonyms play a significant role in improving the performance of information access applications. The idea is to construct a translation graph from translation pairs, then to extract and consolidate cyclic paths to form bilingual sets of synonyms. The initial evaluation of this algorithm illustrates promising results in extracting Arabic-English bilingual synonyms. In the evaluation, we first converted the synsets in the Arabic WordNet into translation pairs (i.e., losing word-sense memberships). Next, we applied our algorithm to rebuild these synsets. We compared the original and extracted synsets obtaining an F-Measure of 82.3% and 82.1% for Arabic and English synsets extraction, respectively.
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2021.gwc-1.25
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Proceedings of the 11th Global Wordnet Conference
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January
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2021
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University of South Africa (UNISA)
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GWC
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Global Wordnet Association
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215–222
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Mustafa Jarrar, Eman Naser, Muhammad Khalifa, and Khaled Shaalan. 2021. Extracting Synonyms from Bilingual Dictionaries. In Proceedings of the 11th Global Wordnet Conference, pages 215–222, University of South Africa (UNISA). Global Wordnet Association.
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