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Recognizing Textual Entailment Using Sentence Similarity based on Dependency Tree Skeletons

Rui Wang; Günter Neumann
In: In Proceedings of the RTE-3 challenge workshop, Association for Computational Linguistics. Recognizing Textual Entailment Challenge Workshop (RTE), ACL, 2007.


We present a novel approach to RTE that exploits a structure-oriented sentence representation followed by a similarity function. The structural features are automatically acquired from tree skeletons that are extracted and generalized from dependency trees. Our method makes use of a limited size of training data without any external knowledge bases (e.g. WordNet) or handcrafted inference rules. We have achieved an accuracy of 71.1% on the RTE-3 development set performing a 10-fold cross validation and 66.9% on the RTE-3 test data.