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Evaluating Word Sense Disambiguation Systems

Under the auspices of ACL-SIGLEX, EURALEX, ELSNET and EU projects ECRAN and SPARKLE


English SENSEVAL resources now in the public domain.

The project

There are now many computer programs for automatically determining which sense a word is being used in. One would like to be able to say which were better, which worse, and also which words, or varieties of language, presented particular problems to which programs. SENSEVAL is designed to meet this need.

The first SENSEVAL took place in the summer of 1998, for English, French and Italian, culminating in a workshop held at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, England on September 2-4.

For specifications of the French and Italian tasks see the ROMANSEVAL site.

A full account of SENSEVAL will be appearing in a Special Issue of the Journal Computers and the Humanities (34(1-2)), guest editors Kilgarriff and Palmer, in early 2000.

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The SENSEVAL committee wishes to thank Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, ELRA and Longman for their contributions to the initiative. Summaries of the EPSRC-funded component of the work can be found here: 1 page, in html or 5 pages, in postscript.


This page is maintained by the SENSEVAL coordinator and was last updated (minimally) on 6 Jan 2000 .