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Automatic expansion of DBpedia exploiting Wikipedia cross-language information

Event date: 
Thursday, 16 May, 2013 - 11:00
Sala 210, Edificio Nord
Alessio Palmero Aprosio

DBpedia is a project aiming to represent Wikipedia content in RDF triples. It plays a central role in the Semantic Web, due to the large and growing number of resources linked to it. Nowadays, the English version covers around 1.7M Wikipedia pages, although the English Wikipedia contains almost 4M pages, showing a clear problem of coverage. In other languages (like French and Spanish) the coverege is even lower. The objective of this paper is to define a methodology to increase the coverage of DBpedia in different languages. The major problems that we have to solve concern the high number of classes involved in the DBpedia ontology and the lack of coverage for some classes in certain languages. In order to deal with these problems, we first extend the population of the classes for the different languages by connecting the corresponding Wikipedia pages through cross-language links. Then, we train a supervised classifier using this extended set as training data. We evaluated our system using a manually annotated test set, demonstrating that our approach can add around 1.7M new entities to DBpedia with high precision (90%) and recall (50%). The resulting resource will be made available through a SPARQL endpoint and a downloadable package.