Automatic expansion of DBpedia exploiting Wikipedia cross-language information

introducer: Harald Sack, Hasso-Plattner-Institute, University of Potsdam
author: Alessio Palmero Aprosio, Bruno Kessler Foundation
published: July 8, 2013,   recorded: May 2013,   views: 3806


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DBpedia is a project aiming to represent Wikipedia content in RDF triples. It plays a central role in the Semantic Web, due to the large and growing number of resources linked to it. Nowadays, only 1.7M Wikipedia pages are deeply classified in the DBpedia ontology, although the English Wikipedia contains almost 4M pages, showing a clear problem of coverage. In other languages (like French and Spanish) this coverage is even lower. The objective of this paper is to define a methodology to increase the coverage of DBpedia in different languages. The major problems that we have to solve concern the high number of classes involved in the DBpedia ontology and the lack of coverage for some classes in certain languages. In order to deal with these problems, we first extend the population of the classes for the different languages by connecting the corresponding Wikipedia pages through cross-language links. Then, we train a supervised classifier using this extended set as training data. We evaluated our system using a manually annotated test set, demonstrating that our approach can add more than 1M new entities to DBpedia with high precision (90%) and recall (50%). The resulting resource is available through a SPARQL endpoint and a downloadable package.

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