Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD)




Natural Language Processing

Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD) using Vector Space Model (VSM)


In this assignment, we will: 1. Briefly introduce to WSD and the Vector Model. 2. Go through the basics of WordNet and scikit-learn. 3. Develop a WSD system based on the Vector Model with supervised learning algorithms. 4. Use feature extraction methods to enhance your WSD system. This document is structured in the following sequence: WordNet and scikit-learn WSD and Vector Model Assignment Part A: Basic WSD system

Assignment Part B: Feature Extraction Submission Introduction to WSD and the Vector Space Model VSM. Quick intro to WordNet and scikit-learn python libraries. We will create, train and evaluate a WSD system using the SENSEVAL corpus based on the vector space model VSM. We will use feature extraction methods to enhance your WSD system. Once you’re done, follow the instructions to submit. Environment Setup Setup everything to get you ready to start the assignment. Introduction to WSD and VSM What is Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD)? Word sense disambiguation (WSD) is the task of determining which sense of an ambiguous word is being used in a particular context. The solution to this problem impacts other NLPrelated problems such as machine translation and document retrieval. What is lexical sample task? The standard WSD (SENSEVAL) task has two variants: “lexical sample” and “all words”.

The former comprises disambiguating the occurrences of a small sample of target words which were previously selected, while in the latter all the words in a piece of running text need to be disambiguated. In this assignment, we will be working on the lexical sample task. Algorithms for WSD: There are several types of approaches to WSD, including dictionary-based methods, semisupervised methods, supervised methods and unsupervised methods. Supervised methods based on sense-labeled corpora are the best-performing methods for sense disambiguation. But such labeled data is expensive and limited. In contrast, dictionary-based methods and unsupervised methods require no labeled texts and are more efficient, but have lower accuracy. In the following part, you will see how two algorithms, a supervised algorithm based on the vector space model and the Lesk algorithm, work on WSD. What is Vector Space Model VSM? The Vector Space Model VSM is a widely-used model in NLP. The basic idea is to represent each instance of an ambiguous word as a vector whose features (attributes) are extracted according to some rules. Usually classification or clustering methods are then applied to solve the problem. The supervised approach to sense disambiguation can be based on the vector space model. Here is a skeleton supervised algorithm for the lexical sample task. Later in the assignment we will explain how to extract context vectors and what classification method you can use in order to implement this algorithm. 1. For each instance wi of word w in a corpus, compute a context vector . Label the class of each vector by the sense of word w in the context. 2. Train a classifier with these labeled context vectors . 3. Disambiguate a particular token t of w by predicting the class of token t with the trained classifier. What is the Lesk algorithm? The Lesk algorithm is a well-studied dictionary-based algorithm for word sense disambiguation. It is based on the hypothesis that words used together in text are related to each other and that the relation can be observed in the definitions of the words and their senses. Two (or more) words are disambiguated by finding the pair of dictionary senses with the greatest word overlap in their dictionary definitions. The pseudo code of Lesk is shown below. You do NOT need to implement the Lesk algorithm in this assignment. But as an example you should get a sense of what an unsupervised algorithm is like. For our lexical sample task, assume we have a Lesk Algorithm implementation in the following format: lesk(context_sentence, ambiguous_word): – param str context_sentence: The context sentence where the ambiguous word occurs. – param str ambiguous_word: The ambiguous word that requires WSD. – return: “lesk_sense” The Synset() object with the highest signature overlaps. Usage example: >>> sent = word_tokenize(“I went to the bank to deposit money.”) >>> word = “bank” >>> lesk(sent, word) WordNet WordNet is a lexical database (originally developed for English) that contains information about words, their senses, and the relationships between them. A word with multiple senses is called polysemous. A sense with multiple words is called a “synset” (synonym set). Synsets may be related to each other in different ways, e.g., “cat” is a hypernym (more general concept) of “lion”. function SIMPLIFIED LESK(word, sentence) returns best sense of word best-sense ← most frequent sense for word max-overlap ← 0 context ← set of words in sentence for each sense in senses of word do signature ← set of words in the gloss and examples of sense overlap ← COMPUTEOVERLAP(signature, context) if overlap > max-overlap then max-overlap ← overlap best-sense ← sense end return(best-sense) Environment Setup You will need the scikit-learn and NLTK Python package in this assignment. You can download the data and starter code from the Assignment Instructions. You can extract the file by: > tar –xvf Assignment3.tar.gz Please do not change the path of data and code. Basic WordNet and scikit-learn tutorial How to use WordNet in NLTK for WSD tasks? – Import wordnet >>> from nltk.corpus import wordnet as wn – Get a word’s synset A synset is a set of words with the same sense. It is identified with a 3-part name of the form: word.pos.nn. We could see the function and examples below: def synsets(self, lemma, pos=None, lang=’en’): – Load all synsets with a given lemma (word) and part of speech tag. – If no pos is specified, all synsets for all parts of speech will be loaded. – If lang is specified, all the synsets in that language associated with the lemma will be returned. The default value of lang is ‘en’. >>> wn.synsets(‘dog’) [Synset(‘dog.n.01’), Synset(‘frump.n.01’), Synset(‘dog.n.03’), Synset(‘cad.n.01’), …] >>> wn.synsets(‘dog’, pos=’v’, lang = ‘en’) [Synset(‘chase.v.01’)] – Get possible definitions for a word from its synsets >>> for ss in wn.synsets(‘bank’): >>> print(ss, ss.definition()) Synset(‘bank.n.01’) sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water) Synset(‘depository_financial_institution.n.01’) a financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities Synset(‘bank.n.03’) a long ridge or pile Synset(‘bank.n.04’) an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers … – What languages could we use in NLTK? The WordNet corpus reader gives access to the Open Multilingual WordNet, using ISO-639 language codes. For example, “cat” stands for Catalan (a language spoken in Spain, France and Andorra, which is related to Spanish, Italian, and the other Romance languages). >>> sorted(wn.langs()) [‘als’, ‘arb’, ‘cat’, ‘cmn’, ‘dan’, ‘eng’, ‘eus’, ‘fas’,’fin’, ‘fra’, ‘fre’, ‘glg’, ‘heb’, ‘ind’, ‘ita’, ‘jpn’, ‘nno’,’nob’, ‘pol’, ‘por’, ‘spa’, ‘tha’, ‘zsm’] How to use scikit-learn for machine learning tasks? – What is scikit-learn? scikit-learn ( is an open source machine learning library for Python. It features various classification, regression and clustering algorithms including support vector machines, k-nearest neighbors, logistic regression, naive Bayes, random forests, gradient boosting, k-means and DBSCAN. For this class, we don’t need to understand all the details of these algorithms. – Loading an example dataset scikit-learn comes with a few standard datasets. A dataset is a dictionary-like object that holds all the data and some metadata about the data. The data is stored in the .data member. In the case of supervised problems, one or more response variables are stored in the .target member. To load an example dataset, >>> from sklearn import datasets >>> iris = datasets.load_iris() >>> digits = datasets.load_digits() – Learning and predicting Classification is a basic task in machine learning. The task is, given a set of data, usually represented as vectors, and several classes, predict which class each vector belongs to. To solve the problem, we will first train a classifier (estimator) using some data whose classes have already been given. Then we will predict the classes of unlabeled data with the classifier we just trained. In scikit-learn, an estimator for classification is a Python object that implements the methods fit(X,y) and predict(T). An example of an estimator is the class sklearn.svm.SVC that implements support vector classification. >>> from sklearn import svm >>> clf = svm.SVC(gamma=0.001, C=100.) To train the model with our traning dataset >>>[:-1],[:-1]) Now you can predict new values by >>> clf.predict([-1]) Here is another example of how to use nearest neighbors algorithm to do the classification. >>> from sklearn import neighbors >>> clf = neighbors.KNeighborsClassifier(15, weights=’uniform’) >>>, >>> clf.predict( Provided Files Provided data We will be using data from the Senseval 3 Lexical Sample Task on multilingual WSD, specifically the English, Catalan, and Spanish corpora. Datasets: All the data needed for this assignment are in this directory: Assignment3/data/ The data include: English-train.xml Training data for English English-dev.xml Development data for English English-dev.key Answer for the development data for English English.sensemap Sense map file needed for evaluation Catalan-train.xml Training data for Catalan Catalan-dev.xml Development data for Catalan Catalan-dev.key Answer for the development data for Catalan Spanish-train.xml Training data for Spanish Spanish-dev.xml Development data for Spanish Spanish-dev.key Answer for the development data for Spanish The data files are in .xml form, where the tags are: 1. lexelt/lemma: Each lexelt/lemma represents a word to be disambiguated. The item attribute indicates the word and its POS tag, one lexelt could have several instances. 2. instance: Each instance is a case where the target word appears in a context. An instance contains one context. 3. context: The context of the word from each instance. You can choose to use the entire context or just some words from the context (e.g., common collocations, words within a small window, words with high PMI values, etc). In 1991/92 we shall need support even more . Every donation does help . That help makes all the difference to people sick with AIDS who want to stay at home , rather than spend time unnecessarily in hospital . Please help ! SIR JOHN FORD KCMG MG CHAIRMAN OF TRUSTEES 4. answer: The sense of the word in this instance. It only appears in training data. Note: For Catalan and Spanish data, you will also see , , tags in a tag. For this assignment we only use the text in the tag. Note2: If an instance contains multiple tags, we will only use the first tag for the purpose of training. You can use xml package in Python to parse the .xml file. WSD systems are evaluated by computing the percentage of ambiguous words for which the WSD system has predicted the correct sense. We have provided an evaluator for you. You will use it to evaluate the performance of the algorithms you implement. The .key files and .sensemap files are only used for evaluation. You do not need to know the meaning of these files. Later you will see how to use the evaluator with these files. Provided code Assignment3/ a baseline WSD system implementation Assignment3/scorer2 a script to evaluate WSD systems Assignment3/scorer2.c the source code for scorer2 written in C Assignment3/ skeleton code for part A Assignment3/ skeleton code for part B Assignment3/ runs the assignment Before you start You will be implementing a supervised algorithm based on the vector space model according to the description in the Introduction part. You will need to work on three languages: English, Catalan and Spanish. As a baseline, we explain the sense of a word in any context as the most frequent sense of this word. You can see the output of the baseline by running python language The output file is language.baseline, with the same format in the format below: lexelt_item instance_id sense_id Your implementation should get a better performance than the baseline. You will be graded based on how good your implementation is. Assignment Part A For this part, you will be implementing a basic WSD system with two supervised algorithms based on the vector space model VSM using the Senseval data set. Implementation For each language, you should follow the steps below. 1. Compute context vectors for each instance of a word. You will use languagetrain.xml as training data. Suppose in a test instance Ti , the word you need to disambiguate is w. At the beginning you need to tokenize the sentences in the context with nltk.word_tokenize(). Si is the set of words that are within k distance of word w. Let S be the union of set Si of size n which may contain duplicate words. Then each test instance will correspond to a vector, where each attribute is the count of a word in set S. For this assignment, we set the window size k=10. 2. Train a classifier using the context vectors you obtained. You can use scikit-learn library to conduct this step. Here you need to try two different classifiers, k-nearest neighbors KNN (neighbors.KNeighborsClassifier class) and linear support vector machines SVM (svm.LinearSVC class). You will notice that there are several parameters for the classifiers. For this assignment you can just use the default settings (k=5 for KNN). You will disambiguate the target word in each test instance in the development data set. For each classifier, the output should be a single file corresponding to language-dev.xml, with each line for a test instance in the format below: lexelt_item instance_id sense_id Note: The lines in the output file have to be sorted in alphabetical ascending order (A-Z). Also, please remove the accent of characters in the output file. 3. Use the SVM classifier to perform disambiguation for each test instance in languagedev.xml. Print the output for the SVM classifier for each language named by SVMLanguage.answer with formatted as described above. 4. Use the KNN classifier to perform disambiguation for each test instance in languagedev.xml. Print the output for the KNN classifier for each language named by KNNLanguage.answer formatted as described above. Assignment Part B For this part, you will improve your WSD system. You will need to compare the performance of different features and classifiers, find the best combination. 1. Try extracting better features than just taking all the words in the window and then redo the classification. You should try the following approaches (it is not necessarily that adding one of them will improve the system), also try to use different combinations: a) Add collocational features such as: surrounding words w-2 , w-1 , wo w1 , w2 and part-of-speech tags POS-2 , POS-1, POS0 POS1 , POS2. b) Remove stop words, remove punctuations, do stemming, etc. c) Use the method described below. Suppose the word w that needs disambiguation has k senses. For a sense s of w and a word c in the window of w, we compute the “relevance score” of c with s using where is the probability that the word w has sense s when c appears, and is computed using where is the number of instances where the context contains c and the sense of word w is s, and is the number of instances where the context contains c. is the probability that the word w has sense other than s when c appears and can be computed similarly. For each sense s, we compute how relevant the words in the window are, and select the top words as features. The final set of features is the union of all the top features for each sense. For example, in English-train.xml, the word activate has 3 senses, 38201, 38202 and 38203. We now compute the relevance score for the word protein. There are 10 test instances where the context contains protein and the sense is 38201. There are 8 test instances for 38202 and 1 for 38203. So the score for (38201, protein) is . (38202, protein) gets and (38203, protein) gets . d) Add more features by obtaining the synonyms, hyponyms and hypernyms of a word in WordNet; you should try different combination of these features rather than combining all of them. For instance, you might add hyponyms only, synonyms and hypernyms, or combining all of these features. e) Try good feature selection method. Hint: Chi-square or pointwise mutual information (PMI) may be useful for selection features. 2. Find the best combination of the feature extracting approaches. Also, use the classifier that gives better results. Submit your code with the best performance and the output files named by Best-Language.answer. Evaluation You will evaluate the result you obtained from the previous parts. Use scorer2 as shown below to evaluate your output. scorer2 answer_file key_file [sense_map_file] where answer_file is the output of your algorithm and key_file is the gold standard for the test data. Here is an example: scorer2 English.answer English-dev.key English.sensemap Note: For Catalan and Spanish data, there is no sensemap file. So you do not need to include it in the command. Note2: scorer2 is written in C. You may recompile it on your own computer! Grading Criteria The criteria below is based on the results you achieved in the provided dev set (language-dev.xml). Part A: 60 points Classifier + Language 3. KNN ENG 3. KNN SPA 3. KNN CAT 4. SVM ENG 4. SVM SPA 4. SVM CAT Score 10 10 10 10 10 10 Reference Precision 0.550 0.690 0.705 0.605 0.785 0.805 Language English Spanish Catalan Baseline Precision 0.535 0.684 0.678 For any language and classifier, if your classifier cannot beat the baseline for that language, you will receive zero for that classifier and language; if your precision is higher than the reference, you will receive the full credit for that language and classifier; otherwise, you will receive a score as the following: Classifier, Language = 10 – 10 – – Part B: 40 points Final Classifier: 40 points Language English Spanish Catalan Score 20 10 10 Baseline Precision 0.605 0.785 0.805 Reference Precision 0.650 0.810 0.820 If your final classifier does not improve the precision for a language, you will receive zero for that language; if your final classifier precision for a language achieves more than the reference, you will receive the full credit for that language; otherwise, your score will be computed as the following: English score = 20 – 20 – – Spanish and Catalan score = 10 – 10 – – Submission Finally, before your submitting, make sure that your can output answer files for language-dev.xml as described above: SVM-English.answer SVM-Spanish.answer SVM-Catalan.answer KNN-English.answer KNN-Spanish.answer KNN-Catalan.answer Best-English.answer Best-Spanish.answer Best-Catalan.answer Also, make sure scorer2 is executable on your own workspace (you may need to recompile it). Then you can submit your work through Since we have a limited number of submissions, you are most encouraged to verify the performance before submitting.