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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Directional distributional similarity for lexical inference
Author: Lili Kolterman
Institution: Bar-Ilan University
Author: Ido Dagan
Institution: Bar-Ilan University
Author: Idan Szpektor
Institution: Yahoo! Research
Author: Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet
Institution: Bar-Ilan University
Linguistic Field: Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Abstract: Distributional word similarity is most commonly perceived as a symmetric relation. Yet, directional relations are abundant in lexical semantics and in many Natural Language Processing (NLP) settings that require lexical inference, making symmetric similarity measures less suitable for their identification. This paper investigates the nature of directional (asymmetric) similarity measures that aim to quantify distributional feature inclusion. We identify desired properties of such measures for lexical inference, specify a particular measure based on Average Precision that addresses these properties, and demonstrate the empirical benefit of directional measures for two different NLP datasets.

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