LINGUIST List 13.1760

Fri Jun 21 2002

Confs: Word Sense Disambiguation

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  1. Rada Mihalcea, ACL-02 Workshop Call for Participation

Message 1: ACL-02 Workshop Call for Participation

Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 17:38:07 -0500 (CDT)
From: Rada Mihalcea <>
Subject: ACL-02 Workshop Call for Participation

 *** Apologies for multiple postings ***

 Call for participation

 "Word Sense Disambiguation: Recent Successes and Future Directions"

 A SIGLEX/SENSEVAL Workshop at ACL 2002 
 University of Pennsylvania
 July 11, 2002

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The main purpose of the workshop is to discuss recent results in word
sense disambiguation (WSD), with reference to SENSEVAL-2. The second
purpose is to begin planning SENSEVAL-3, the next evaluation exercise for
WSD systems. 

SENSEVAL-2, held 5-6 July 2001 in conjunction with ACL-01, unveiled the
results of over 90 systems submitted by 35 teams to tasks in 10 different
languages. At the time, it was not possible to do any in-depth analysis,
so it was agreed to organize a follow-up workshop in 2002 after sufficient
analysis could be done. 

The result is this one-day workshop dedicated to "Word Sense
Disambiguation: Recent Successes and Future Directions", with 17 regular
papers accepted for presentation. This includes 4 papers to be presented
in a special session on preposition semantics. 

The quality of the submissions was remarkably high. The wide range of
problems addressed in these papers is encouraging, including in-depth
analyses of systems participating in SENSEVAL-2, improvements and new
approaches, comparative results, proposals for application-based
evaluations and for new tasks to be undertaken during SENSEVAL-3. The
workshop culminates in a session to start planning SENSEVAL-3. The central
question is: Can we, and should we, move towards a more-real application
scenario? Panelists will present positions on the aim and scope of

We believe that this mixture of interesting approaches, results, and
discussion will provide a better insight into the recent successes in Word
Sense Disambiguation, and will help create a roadmap for future R&D in
this field. 

Organized by:
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Philip Edmonds, Sharp Laboratories of Europe
Rada Mihalcea, University of Texas at Dallas
Patrick Saint-Dizier, CNRS-IRIT

Program Committee:
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Rebecca Bruce, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, CNR
Philip Edmonds, Sharp Laboratories of Europe
Adam Kilgarriff, ITRI University of Brighton
Dimitrios Kokkinakis, G�teborg University
Sadao Kurohashi, University of Kyoto
Claudia Leacock, ETS Technologies 
Dekang Lin, University of Alberta
Bernardo Magnini, IRST, Trento
Diana McCarthy, University of Sussex
Rada Mihalcea, University of Texas at Dallas
Raymond Mooney, University of Texas at Austin 
Hwee Tou Ng, National University of Singapore
Martha Palmer, University of Pennsylvania 
Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth 
Judita Preiss, University of Cambridge
German Rigau Claramunt, Universitat Polit�cnica de Catalunya
Hinrich Sch�tze, Novation Biosciences
Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield
David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University

Session on Prepositions
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Patrick Saint-Dizier, CNRS-IRIT
Bonnie Dorr, UMIACS, University of Maryland
Roger Evans, ITRI, University of Brighton
Paola Merlo, University of Geneva
Keith Miller, University of Illinois at Springfield
Vasile Rus, Southern Methodist University
Gl�ria V�zquez, Universitat de Lleida

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09:15-09:30	Welcome and Introduction
09:30-10:30 	Session I (Preposition semantics)

A Multilingual Approach to Disambiguate Prepositions and Case Suffixes
Eneko Agirre, David Martinez, Mikel Lersundi

Digraph Analysis of Dictionary Preposition Definitions
Kenneth Litkowski

Under-Specification and Contextual Variability of Abstract 
Prepositions: a Case Study
Alda Mari

Defining and Representing Preposition Senses: a Preliminary Analysis
Emmanuelle Cannesson, Patrick Saint-Dizier

10:30-11:00 	Break
11:00-12:30 Session II

A Study of Polysemy and Sense Proximity in the Senseval-2 Test Suite
Irina Chugur and Julio Gonzalo

Assessing System Agreement and Instance Difficulty 
in the Lexical Sample Tasks of Senseval-2
Ted Pedersen

Sense Information for Disambiguation: 
Confluence of Supervised and Unsupervised Methods
Kenneth Litkowski

Sense Discrimination with Parallel Corpora
Nancy Ide, Tomaz Erjavec, Dan Tufis

Dutch Word Sense Disambiguation: Optimizing the Localness of Context
Veronique Hoste, Walter Daelemans, Iris Hendrickx, Antal van den Bosch

Unsupervised Italian Word Sense Disambiguation using 
WordNets and Unlabelled Corpora
Radu Florian and Richard Wicentowski

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch

02:00-03:30 Session III

Combining Heterogeneous Classifiers for Word Sense Disambiguation
Dan Klein, Kristina Toutanova, H. Tolga Ilban, Sepandar D. Kamvar, 
Christopher Manning

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Ensembles of Decision Trees in 
Disambiguating Senseval Lexical Samples
Ted Pedersen

Combining Contextual Features for Word Sense Disambiguation
Hoa Trang Dang, Martha Palmer

Evaluating the Results of a Memory-Based Word-Expert Approach to 
Unrestricted Word Sense Disambiguation
Veronique Hoste, Walter Daelemans, Iris Hendrickx, Antal van den Bosch,

Improving Subcategorization Acquisition with WSD
Judita Preiss, Anna Korhonen

03:30-04:00	Break
04:00-05:30	Session IV:

Lexical Substitution as a Task for WSD Evaluation
Diana McCarthy

Building a Sense Tagged Corpus with Open Mind Word Expert
Timothy Chklovski and Rada Mihalcea

Panel - " Planning Senseval-3 "
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