Knowing what to believe (when you already know something)

Jeff Pasternack, Dan Roth

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Although much work in NLP has focused on simply determining what a document means, we also must know whether or not to believe it. Fact-finding algorithms attempt to identify the "truth" among competing claims in a corpus, but fail to take advantage of the user's prior knowledge and presume that truth itself is universal and objective rather than subjective. We introduce a framework for incorporating prior knowledge into any fact finding algorithm, expressing both general "common-sense" reasoning and specific facts already known to the user as first-order logic and translating this into a tractable linear program. As our results show, this approach scales well to even large problems, both reducing error and allowing the system to determine truth respective to the user rather than the majority. Additionally, we introduce three new fact-finding algorithms capable of outperforming existing fact-finders in many of our experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Coling 2010 - Beijing, China
Duration: Aug 23 2010Aug 27 2010


Other23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Coling 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Linguistics and Language


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