The role of cause-effect link within scientific paper

Mengyun Cao, Xiaoping Sun, Hai Zhuge

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Abstract

Semantic links within text play an important role in understanding text. Cause-effect link is one of the basic semantic links that represents logic order between representation components of text. The importance of cause-effect link has been recognized and investigated in linguistics, but it has not been accurately measured to support computing applications. This paper is to investigate the role of cause-effect link within scientific paper. Research is conducted along two paths: (1) Human observations: Professionals find cause-effect links within a set of given papers, and then observe the number, the distribution and the keywords coverage of cause-effect links within each paper. The statistical results show that cause-effect links cover 76% keywords within paper on average. (2) Automatically discover more cause-effect links within a set of papers by developing a pattern-based algorithm. The automatically discovered cause-effect links validate the properties drawn from human observations. Experiments show that the algorithm can extract more than 80% of manually labeled links, and the automatically extracted links contain 75% of keywords within paper on average.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 12th International Conference on Semantics, Knowledge and Grids, SKG 2016
EditorsHai Zhuge, Xiaoping Sun
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ (US)
PublisherIEEE
Pages32-39
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-4795-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2017
Event12th International Conference on Semantics, Knowledge and Grids, SKG 2016 - Beijing, China
Duration: 15 Aug 201617 Aug 2016

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Semantics, Knowledge and Grids, SKG 2016
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period15/08/1617/08/16

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Keywords

  • causal relation
  • cause-effect link
  • natural language understanding
  • semantic link
  • semantic link network

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Cao, M., Sun, X., & Zhuge, H. (2017). The role of cause-effect link within scientific paper. In H. Zhuge, & X. Sun (Eds.), Proceedings - 2016 12th International Conference on Semantics, Knowledge and Grids, SKG 2016 (pp. 32-39). [7815074] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/SKG.2016.013