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  1. Stanbol (Retired)
  2. STANBOL-223

Entity Disambiguation



    • New Feature
    • Status: Resolved
    • Major
    • Resolution: Won't Fix
    • None
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    • Enhancement Engines


      Adding Disambiguation support to the Stanbol Enhancer includes the following points

      1. Dataset: For Disambiguation you need not only a set of Entities but also additional data used for the disambiguation

      • This might need some preprocessing of the data (e.g. using mentions of the entity in sentences; Using data from linked Entities to create a context)
      • This data need to accessible for the Stanbol Enhancer (e.g. by using the Entityhub, an own SolrIndex or even other means)

      2. Deciding on possible algorithms

      • This Issue already two possible algorithms (see below and comments)

      3. Workflow:
      a) Disambiguate while linking (basically you have the String "Paris" and the Sentence/Document as context and want to know if you
      should link to Paris, France or Paris, Texas)
      b) Disambiguate already linked Entities (you have 5 suggested Entities by two different Engines and you want to disambiguate (rank)

      4. Validation of the Disambiguation: We need to compare enhancement quality with/without disambiguation

      • The Benchmarking (enhancer/benchmark) tool could be used for that
      • Question: How much time would be needed to create Benchmarking Examples

      5. What are the expected results?

      • implementation of a (maybe more) disambiguation algorithm(s)
      • integration to the Stanbol Enhancer as one or more EnhancementEngines
      • management of the data needed for disambiguation (e.g. as part of the Entityhub)
      • support (tools) for creating/extracting data needed for disambiguation
      • Validation results using the enhancer/benchmarking tool
      • Documentation on the Stanbol Webpage
      • Simple Web interface showing the improved enhancement results (I am thinking of a single text box to put the text and two enhancement results one with and one without entity disambiguation.


      • integration of user feedback to enhance learning/validation set

      Disambiguation based on Solr MLT

      The Idea is to use sentences with links to an Entity in a dataset (e.g. wikipedia) as context and compare this with the surrounding text of an Entity extracted from the analyzed content. Solr More Like This (MLT) queries will be used for the ranking.

      More details:

      Sentences with occurrences of the Entity can be extracted by using https://github.com/ogrisel/pignlproc. Functionality will be added to output the results (entity [0..*]> "sentence") as N-TRIPLEs (a RDF serialization). This will allow it to indexed this information (together with all the other information of Entities) by using the Indexing Tools porvided by the Stanbol Entityhub (e.g. entityhub/indexing/dbpedia).

      The following Information will be used for EntityDisambiguation:

      (1) TextAnnotations providing the label, the type as detected by the NLP framework, the context of the extraction
      (1b) In addition links to other Text Annotations about the same Entity could be used to extend the context
      (2) A Solr Index (ReferencedSite of the Stanbol Entityhub) providing at least the labels, types and the occurrences of the Entities

      EntityDisambiguation will filter based on the label and the type (filter query) and rank selected Entities based on a "More Like This" query with the context over the occurrences.

      A first prototype of this engine was implemented during the bbuzz - Semantic Hackatron (http://berlinbuzzwords.de/wiki/semantic-nlp-hackathon) as an own EnhancementEngine that uses an separate Solr Index for the MLT queries.

      The plan is to implement this as an optional (configureable) feature to the existing ReferencedSiteEntityTaggingEnhancementEngine. Users will be able to activate/deactivate Entity disambiguation via the OSGI Console if the required data are available for a ReferencedSite.


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              rwesten Rupert Westenthaler
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