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Functional Distributional Semantics

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Vector space models have become popular in distributional semantics, despite the challenges they face in capturing various semantic phenomena. We propose a novel probabilistic framework which draws on both formal semantics and recent advances in machine learning. In particular, we separate predicates from the entities they refer to, allowing us to perform Bayesian inference based on logical forms. We describe an implementation of this framework using a combination of Restricted Boltzmann Machines and feedforward neural networks. Finally, we demonstrate the feasibility of this approach by training it on a parsed corpus and evaluating it on established similarity datasets.



cs.CL, cs.CL

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Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP

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1st Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP

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The Association for Computational Linguistics