Hussein T. Al-Natsheh


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NSURL-2019 Task 8: Semantic Question Similarity in Arabic
Haitham Seelawi | Ahmad Mustafa | Hesham Al-Bataineh | Wael Farhan | Hussein T. Al-Natsheh
Proceedings of the First International Workshop on NLP Solutions for Under Resourced Languages (NSURL 2019) co-located with ICNLSP 2019 - Short Papers


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UdL at SemEval-2017 Task 1: Semantic Textual Similarity Estimation of English Sentence Pairs Using Regression Model over Pairwise Features
Hussein T. Al-Natsheh | Lucie Martinet | Fabrice Muhlenbach | Djamel Abdelkader Zighed
Proceedings of the 11th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval-2017)

This paper describes the model UdL we proposed to solve the semantic textual similarity task of SemEval 2017 workshop. The track we participated in was estimating the semantics relatedness of a given set of sentence pairs in English. The best run out of three submitted runs of our model achieved a Pearson correlation score of 0.8004 compared to a hidden human annotation of 250 pairs. We used random forest ensemble learning to map an expandable set of extracted pairwise features into a semantic similarity estimated value bounded between 0 and 5. Most of these features were calculated using word embedding vectors similarity to align Part of Speech (PoS) and Name Entities (NE) tagged tokens of each sentence pair. Among other pairwise features, we experimented a classical tf-idf weighted Bag of Words (BoW) vector model but with character-based range of n-grams instead of words. This sentence vector BoW-based feature gave a relatively high importance value percentage in the feature importances analysis of the ensemble learning.