Every child should have parents: a taxonomy refinement algorithm based on hyperbolic term embeddings

Rami Aly, Shantanu Acharya, Alexander Ossa, Arne Köhn, Chris Biemann, Alexander Panchenko

We introduce the use of Poincar\'e embeddings to improve existing state-of-the-art approaches to domain-specific taxonomy induction from text as a signal for both relocating wrong hyponym terms within a (pre-induced) taxonomy as well as for attaching disconnected terms in a taxonomy. This method substantially improves previous state-of-the-art results on the SemEval-2016 Task 13 on taxonomy extraction. We demonstrate the superiority of Poincar\'e embeddings over distributional semantic representations, supporting the hypothesis that they can better capture hierarchical lexical-semantic relationships than embeddings in the Euclidean space.

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