Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

905

Author

Xudong Huang

Date

2013

Date of Award

7-18-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

Xiangen Hu

Committee Member

Art Graesser

Committee Member

Vasile Rus

Abstract

The existing method to measure differences among semantic spaces is costly. The current study evaluates a low-cost method. Specifically, the current study uses three measurements of induced semantic structures (ISS) to measure the differences between vector-based semantic spaces. An ISS of a target word is that word's ordered nearest neighbors. Our hypothesis, which was confirmed, is that the three measurements have the ability to measure the differences between spaces. In addition, the number of nearest neighbors used by measurements has an effect on the ability. Evaluation was conducted on five Touchstone Applied Science Associates (TASA) spaces. The measured differences between spaces were compared to the objective similar pattern of TASA spaces, which follow a well-defined hierarchy. The comparison indicateds that three measurements can capture the objective TASA pattern and that performance measures were better than a measurement which does not use ISS. It was concluded that the new method of measuring space differences in an apt complement to the existing method.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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