Lexical Semantics Workshop (ESSLLI 2008)

Shared tasks and data sets

In order to reach a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of distributional models of word meaning, we envisaged a number of tasks that focus on linguistic and cognitive challenges rather than application engineering.

Small annotated data sets are available on the workshop page and participants are invited to apply their computational models and conduct a thorough analysis of the results. The goal is not to achieve better precision than competitors, but to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual models, analyze and explain errors, etc. Theoretical discussions of the data sets from a linguistic or cognitive perspective are also invited and will complement the empirical findings.

We offer the following tasks (click on the links for detailed task descriptions and downloads):