Word embedding based semantic cross-lingual document alignment in comparable corpora

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ACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Crosslingual information retrieval (CLIR) finds its application in aligning documents across comparable corpora. However, traditional CLIR, due to the term independence assumption, cannot consider the semantic similarity between the constituent words of the candidate pairs of documents in two different languages. Moreover, traditional CLIR models score a document by aggregating only the weights of the constituent terms that match with those of the query, while the other non-matching terms of the document do not significantly contribute to the similarity function. Word vector embedding allows the provision to model the semantic distances between terms by the application of standard distance metrics between their corresponding real valued vectors. This paper develops a word vector embedding based CLIR model that uses the average distances between the embedded word vectors of the source and target language documents to rank candidate document pairs. Our experiments with the WMT bilingual document alignment dataset reveal that the word vector based similarity significantly improves the recall of crosslingual document alignment in comparison to the classical language modeling based CLIR.

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