Person name disambiguation


Disambiguating person names is a challenging task: it can be seen as a special word sense disambiguation task. On the one hand, names seem to be ambiguous, thousands of people can share their first name or surname. On the other hand, certain names tend to occur in several versions. Thus, results of queries contain homepages that belong to different people with the same name, moreover, certain homepages belonging to a name are not yielded.
Our research group developed a person name disambiguation system which is able to select different people and homepages belonging to them from a set of homepages yielded for a person name as a query. The automatic identification of bibliographic features helps to match different people to homepages belonging to them.
In order to evaluate our system, we created a manually annotated database of homepages belonging to Hungarian names.


  • Nagy T., István; Farkas, Richárd 2010: Személynév-egyértelműsítés a magyar weben. In: Tanács, Attila; Vincze, Veronika (szerk.): VII. Magyar Számítógépes Nyelvészeti Konferencia. Szeged, Szegedi Tudományegyetem, pp. 127-136.

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