Using distributed representations for semantic similarity and entailment recognition
In this paper, we present the methodology and the results obtained by our team, dubbed Blue Man Group, in the ASSIN (from the Portuguese Avaliação de Similaridade Semântica e Inferência Textual) competition, held at PROPOR 2016. Our team's strategy consisted of evaluating methods based on semantic word vectors, following two distinct directions: 1) to make use of low-dimensional, compact, feature sets, and 2) deep learning-based strategies dealing with highdimensional feature vectors. Evaluation results demonstrated that the first strategy was more promising, so that the results from the second strategy have been discarded. As a result, by considering the best run of each of the six participant teams, we have been able to achieve the best accuracy and F1 values in entailment recognition, in the Brazilian Portuguese set, and the best F1 score considering also the Portuguse from Portugal set. In the semantic similarity task, our team was ranked second in the Brazilian Portuguese set, and third considering both sets.