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Domain adaptation for ontology localization


John McCrae, Mihael Arcan, Kartik Asooja, Jorge Gracia, Paul Buitelaar, Philipp Cimiano

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Refereed Original Article
Ontology localization is the task of adapting an ontology to a different cultural context, and has been identified as an important task in the context of the Multilingual Semantic Web vision. The key task in ontology localization is translating the lexical layer of an ontology, i.e., its labels, into some foreign language. For this task, we hypothesise that the translation quality can be improved by adapting a machine translation system to the domain of the ontology. To this end, we build on the success of existing statistical machine translation (SMT) approaches, and investigate the impact of different domain adaptation techniques on the task. In particular, we investigate three techniques: i) enriching a phrase table by domain-specific translation candidates acquired from existing Web resources, ii) relying on Explicit Semantic Analysis as an additional technique for scoring a certain translation of a given source phrase, as well as iii) adaptation of the language model by means of weighting n-grams with scores obtained from topic modelling. We present in detail the impact of each of these three techniques on the task of translating ontology labels. We show that these techniques have a generally positive effect on the quality of translation of the ontology and that, in combination, they provide a significant improvement in quality.
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Date Accepted for Publication: 
Wednesday, 30 December, 2015
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Web Semantics
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National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
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