A probabilistic lexical approach to textual entailment

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The textual entailment problem is to determine if a given text entails a given hypothesis. This paper describes first a general generative probabilistic setting for textual entailment. We then focus on the sub-task of recognizing whether the lexical concepts present in the hypothesis are entailed from the text. This problem is recast as one of text categorization in which the classes are the vocabulary words. We make novel use of Naïve Bayes to model the problem in an entirely unsupervised fashion. Empirical tests suggest that the method is effective and compares favorably with state-of-theart heuristic scoring approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1682-1683
Number of pages2
JournalIJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
StatePublished - 2005
Event19th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2005 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jul 20055 Aug 2005


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