A Proposal for a Framework to Evaluate Feature Relevance for Terminographic Definitions

Seppälä, Selja (2009), “A Proposal for a Framework to Evaluate Feature Relevance for Terminographic Definitions”, in 1st Workshop on Definition Extraction, Borovets, Bulgaria, September 18, pp. 47-53.

Abstract:

In this paper, a terminological framework, both theoretical and methodological, backed by em- pirical data, is proposed in order to highlight the particular questions to which attention should be paid when conceiving an evaluation scheme for definition extraction (DE) in terminology. The premise is that not just any information is rele- vant to defining a given concept in a given expert domain. Therefore, evaluation guidelines appli- cable to DE should integrate some understanding of what is relevant for terminographic definitions and in which cases. This, in turn, requires some understanding of the mechanisms of feature se- lection. An explanatory hypothesis of feature rel- evance is then put forward and one of its aspects examined, to see to what extent the example con- sidered may serve as a relevance referential. To conclude, a few methodological proposals for au- tomating the application of relevance tests are discussed. The overall objective is to explore ways of empirically testing broader theoretical hypotheses and principles that should orient the conception of general guidelines to evaluate DE for terminographic purposes.

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