A Bayesian Model for Unsupervised Semantic Parsing

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A Bayesian Model for Unsupervised Semantic Parsing
We propose a non-parametric Bayesian model for unsupervised semantic parsing. Following Poon and Domingos (2009), we consider a semantic parsing setting where the goal is to (1) decompose the syntactic dependency tree of a sentence into fragments, (2) assign each of these fragments to a cluster of semantically equivalent syntactic structures, and (3) predict predicate-argument relations between the fragments. We use hierarchical PitmanYor processes to model statistical dependencies between meaning representations of predicates and those of their arguments, as well as the clusters of their syntactic realizations. We develop a modification of the MetropolisHastings split-merge sampler, resulting in an efficient inference algorithm for the model. The method is experimentally evaluated by using the induced semantic representation for the question answering task in the biomedical domain.
Ivan Titov, Alexandre Klementiev
Added 23 Aug 2011
Updated 23 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where ACL
Authors Ivan Titov, Alexandre Klementiev
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