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Extracting possessions from text: Experiments and error analysis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 March 2021

Dhivya Chinnappa*
Affiliation:
University of North Texas, Denton, TX76203, USA
Eduardo Blanco
Affiliation:
University of North Texas, Denton, TX76203, USA
*
*Corresponding author. E-mail: dhivyainfantchinnappa@my.unt.edu

Abstract

This paper presents a corpus and experiments to mine possession relations from text. Specifically, we target alienable and control possessions and assign temporal anchors indicating when a possession relation holds between the possessor and possessee. We work with intra-sentential possessor and possessees that satisfy lexical and syntactic constraints. We experiment with traditional classifiers and neural networks to automate the task. In addition, we analyze the factors that help to determine possession existence and possession type and common errors made by the best performing classifiers. Experimental results show that determining possession existence relies on the entire sentence, whereas determining possession type primarily relies on the verb, possessor and possessee.

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© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press

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