Extracting Commonsense Properties from Embeddings with Limited Human Guidance

Yiben Yang, Larry Birnbaum, Ji-Ping Wang, Doug Downey

Intelligent systems require common sense, but automatically extracting this knowledge from text can be difficult. We propose and assess methods for extracting one type of commonsense knowledge, object-property comparisons, from pre-trained embeddings. In experiments, we show that our approach exceeds the accuracy of previous work but requires substantially less hand-annotated knowledge. Further, we show that an active learning approach that synthesizes common-sense queries can boost accuracy.