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This paper describes the KeLP system participating in the SemEval-2016 Community Question Answering (cQA) task. The challenge tasks are modeled as binary classification problems: kernel-based classifiers are trained on the SemEval datasets and their scores are used to sort the instances and produce the final ranking. All classifiers and kernels have been(More)
This paper describes QCRI’s participation in SemEval-2015 Task 3 “Answer Selection in Community Question Answering”, which targeted real-life Web forums, and was offered in both Arabic and English. We apply a supervised machine learning approach considering a manifold of features including among others word n-grams, text similarity, sentiment analysis, the(More)
Community question answering, a recent evolution of question answering in the Web context, allows a user to quickly consult the opinion of a number of people on a particular topic, thus taking advantage of the wisdom of the crowd. Here we try to help the user by deciding automatically which answers are good and which are bad for a given question. In(More)
Community Question Answering (cQA) is a new application of QA in social contexts (e.g., fora). It presents new interesting challenges and research directions, e.g., exploiting the dependencies between the different comments of a thread to select the best answer for a given question. In this paper, we explored two ways of modeling such dependencies: (i) by(More)
Kernel-based learning algorithms have been shown to achieve state-of-the-art results in many Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks. We present KELP, a Java framework that supports the implementation of both kernel-based learning algorithms and kernel functions over generic data representation, e.g. vectorial data or discrete structures. The framework has(More)
This paper studies the use of structural representations for learning relations between pairs of short texts (e.g., sentences or paragraphs) of the kind: the second text answers to, or conveys exactly the same information of, or is implied by, the first text. Engineering effective features that can capture syntactic and semantic relations between the(More)
In this paper, the UNITOR system participating in the SemEval-2014 Aspect Based Sentiment Analysis competition is presented. The task is tackled exploiting Kernel Methods within the Support Vector Machine framework. The Aspect Term Extraction is modeled as a sequential tagging task, tackled through SVMhmm. The Aspect Term Polarity, Aspect Category and(More)
Online algorithms are an important class of learning machines as they are extremely simple and computationally efficient. Kernel methods versions can handle structured data, such as trees, and achieve state-of-the-art performance. However kernelized versions of Online Learning algorithms slow down when the number of support vectors becomes large. The(More)
In this paper, the UNITOR system participating in the SemEval-2013 Sentiment Analysis in Twitter task is presented. The polarity detection of a tweet is modeled as a classification task, tackled through a Multiple Kernel approach. It allows to combine the contribution of complex kernel functions, such as the Latent Semantic Kernel and Smoothed Partial Tree(More)