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Methods of defining ontologies, word disambiguation methods, computer systems, and articles of manufacture

United States Patent

8,036,876
October 11, 2011
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Methods of defining ontologies, word disambiguation methods, computer systems, and articles of manufacture are described according to some aspects. In one aspect, a word disambiguation method includes accessing textual content to be disambiguated, wherein the textual content comprises a plurality of words individually comprising a plurality of word senses, for an individual word of the textual content, identifying one of the word senses of the word as indicative of the meaning of the word in the textual content, for the individual word, selecting one of a plurality of event classes of a lexical database ontology using the identified word sense of the individual word, and for the individual word, associating the selected one of the event classes with the textual content to provide disambiguation of a meaning of the individual word in the textual content.
Sanfilippo; Antonio P. (Richland, WA), Tratz; Stephen C. (Richland, WA), Gregory; Michelle L. (Richland, WA), Chappell; Alan R. (Seattle, WA), Whitney; Paul D. (Richland, WA), Posse; Christian (Seattle, WA), Baddeley; Robert L. (Richland, WA), Hohimer; Ryan E. (West Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
11/ 267,370
20070106493
November 4, 2005
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS STATEMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0676RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.