Empirical Comparisons of MASC Word Sense Annotations

TitleEmpirical Comparisons of MASC Word Sense Annotations
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
Authorsde Melo, G., Baker C. F., Ide N., Passonneau R. J., & Fellbaum C.
Other Numbers3278

We analyze how different conceptions of lexical semantics affect sense annotations and how multiple sense inventories can be comparedempirically, based on annotated text. Our study focuses on the MASC project, where data has been annotated using WordNet senseidentifiers on the one hand, and FrameNet lexical units on the other. This allows us to compare the sense inventories of these lexicalresources empirically rather than just theoretically, based on their glosses, leading to new insights. In particular, we compute contingencymatrices and develop a novel measure, the Expected Jaccard Index, that quantifies the agreement between annotations of the same databased on two different resources even when they have different sets of categories.


This work was partially funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Diesnst (DAAD) through a postdoctoral fellowship.

Bibliographic Notes

Proceedings of the 8th Conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012), Istanbul, Turkey

Abbreviated Authors

G. de Melo, C. F. Baker, N. Ide, R. J. Passonneau, and C. Fellbaum

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ICSI Publication Type

Article in conference proceedings