How to make words with vectors: Phrase generation in distributional semantics

Abstract

We introduce the problem of generation in distributional semantics: Given a distributional vector representing some meaning, how can we generate the phrase that best expresses that meaning? We motivate this novel challenge on theoretical and practical grounds and propose a simple data-driven approach to the estimation of generation functions. We test this in a monolingual scenario (paraphrase generation) as well as in a cross-lingual setting (translation by synthesizing adjectivenoun phrase vectors in English and generating the equivalent expressions in Italian).

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@inproceedings{Dinu2014HowTM, title={How to make words with vectors: Phrase generation in distributional semantics}, author={Georgiana Dinu and Marco G Baroni}, booktitle={ACL}, year={2014} }