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Tailoring and Evaluating the Wikipedia for in-Domain Comparable Corpora Extraction

Cristina España-Bonet; Alberto Barrón-Cedeño; Lluís Màrquez
In: Knowledge and Information Systems, Vol. 65, Pages 1365-1397, Springer-Verlag, London, England, 3/2023.


We propose a language-independent graph-based method to build à-la-carte article collections on user-defined domains from the Wikipedia. The core model is based on the exploration of the encyclopedia's category graph and can produce both mono- and multilingual comparable collections. We run thorough experiments to assess the quality of the obtained corpora in 10 languages and 743 domains. According to an extensive manual evaluation, our graph model reaches an average precision of 84\% on in-domain articles, outperforming an alternative model based on information retrieval techniques. As manual evaluations are costly, we introduce the concept of domainness and design several automatic metrics to account for the quality of the collections. Our best metric for domainness shows a strong correlation with human judgments, representing a reasonable automatic alternative to assess the quality of domain-specific corpora. We release the WikiTailor toolkit with the implementation of the extraction methods, the evaluation measures and several utilities.

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