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Conceptual exploration of semantic mirrors.

Priss, Uta; Old, L John


Uta Priss

L John Old


The "Semantic Mirrors Method" (Dyvik, 1998) is a means for automatic derivation of thesaurus entries from a word-aligned parallel corpus. The method is based on the construction of lattices of linguistic features. This paper models the Semantic Mirrors Method with Formal Concept Analysis. It is argued that the method becomes simpler to understand with the help of FCA. This paper then investigates to what extent the Semantic Mirrors Method is applicable if the linguistic resource is not a high quality parallel corpus but, instead, a medium quality bilingual dictionary. This is a relevant question because medium quality bilingual dictionaries are freely available whereas high quality parallel corpora are expensive and difficult to obtain. The analysis shows that by themselves, bilingual dictionaries are not as suitable for the Semantic Mirrors Method but that this can be improved by applying conceptual exploration. The combined method of conceptual exploration and Semantic Mirrors provides a useful toolkit specifically for smaller size bilingual resources, such as ontologies and classification systems. The last section of this paper suggests that such applications are of interest in the area of ontology engineering. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005.


Priss, U., & Old, L. J. (2005). Conceptual exploration of semantic mirrors.

Conference Name Third International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3403
Start Date Feb 14, 2005
End Date Feb 18, 2005
Publication Date Feb 14, 2005
Deposit Date Jun 6, 2008
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 21-32
Keywords Computational methods; Formal logic; Mathematical models;Semantics; Ontologies; Bilingual dictionaries; Glossaries;
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