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Automatic Extraction of Semantic Relations from Wikipedia

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Arnold, Patrick; Rahm, Erhard
Automatic Extraction of Semantic Relations from Wikipedia
International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools

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We introduce a novel approach to extract semantic relations (e.g., is-a and part-of relations) from Wikipedia articles. These relations are used to build up a large and up-to-date thesaurus providing background knowledge for tasks such as determining semantic ontology mappings. Our automatic approach uses a comprehensive set of semantic patterns, finite state machines and NLP techniques to extract millions of relations between concepts. An evaluation for different domains shows the high quality and effectiveness of the proposed approach. We also illustrate the value of the newly found relations for improving existing ontology mappings.