Entity linking with a knowledge base: Issues, techniques, and solutions

Wei Shen, Jianyong Wang, Jiawei Han

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The large number of potential applications from bridging web data with knowledge bases have led to an increase in the entity linking research. Entity linking is the task to link entity mentions in text with their corresponding entities in a knowledge base. Potential applications include information extraction, information retrieval, and knowledge base population. However, this task is challenging due to name variations and entity ambiguity. In this survey, we present a thorough overview and analysis of the main approaches to entity linking, and discuss various applications, the evaluation of entity linking systems, and future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6823700
Pages (from-to)443-460
Number of pages18
JournalIEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Entity linking
  • entity disambiguation
  • knowledge base

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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