Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

Committee Chair

Harry Delugach

Committee Member

Letha Etzkorn

Committee Member

Daniel Rochowiak


Knowledge representation (Information theory), Natural language processing (Computer science)


Synonym support is an important aspect of querying knowledge bases, but current approaches to generating such support is difficult and error-prone. Automating the process of identifying synonyms in structured knowledge representations is therefore an important pursuit. This thesis presents an ensemble approach that incorporates several methods and knowledge sources heretofore used individually. A case study shows that the approach performs better than individual methods, and that it may be used to reduce efforts to identify synonyms.



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