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The SENSEVAL-II Panel on Domains, Topics and Senses

Paul Buitelaar
In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Evaluating Word Sense Disambiguation Systems (SENSEVAL-II). International Workshop on Evaluating Word Sense Disambiguation Systems (Senseval), 2001.


An important aspect of sense disambiguation is the wider semantic space (domain, topic) in which the ambiguous word occurs. This may be most clearly illustrated by some cross-lingual examples, as they would appear in (machine) translation. Consider for instance the English word housing. In a more general 'sense', this translates in German into "Wohnung". In an engineering setting however it translates into "Gehaeuse". Also verbs may be translated differently (i.e. have a different sense) according to the semantic space in which they occur. For instance, English "warming" up translates into "erhitzen" in a more general sense, but into "aufwaermen" in the sports domain. Because of the apparent relevance then of domains or topics on sense disambiguation, a panel was organized at SENSEVAL-2 to discuss some current and previous work in this area. The paper presents a more extended overview based on the relevant literature, besides giving a summary of the discussion that developed after the panel presentations.