Ontology-Driven News Classification with Aethalides


  • Wouter Rijvordt Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Frederik Hogenboom Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Flavius Frasincar Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands




News personalization, word sense disambiguation, ontology learning, semantic web


The ever-increasing amount of Web information offered to news readers (e.g., news analysts) stimulates the need for news selection, so that informed decisions can be made with up-to-date knowledge. Hermes is an ontology-based framework for building news personalization services. It uses an ontology crafted from available news sources, allowing users to select and filter interesting concepts from a domain ontology. The Aethalides framework enhances the Hermes framework by enabling news classification through lexicographic and semantic properties. For this, Aethalides applies word sense disambiguation and ontology learning methods to news items. When tested on a set of news items on finance and politics, the Aethalides implementation yields a precision and recall of 74.4% and 49.4%, respectively, yielding an F0.5-measure of 67.6% when valuing precision more than recall.


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Author Biographies

Wouter Rijvordt, Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Wouter Rijvordt received his bachelor and master degrees in economics and informatics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2013. His current research interests lie in the fields of machine learning and Big Data. Currently, he works at Eneco as a data engineer and developer.

Frederik Hogenboom, Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Frederik Hogenboom obtained the master degree with honours in (computational) economics and informatics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2009. During his bachelor and master programmes, his published research mainly in the fields of the Semantic Web and learning agents. In 2014, he received the PhD degree in computer science from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he focused on financial event extraction from news applied to algorithmic trading, disseminated in numerous publications. His current research interests and endeavours mainly go out to natural language processing and Semantic Web technologies.

Flavius Frasincar, Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Flavius Frasincar obtained the master degree in computer science from the Politehnica University Bucharest, Romania, in 1998. In 2000, he received the professional doctorate degree in software engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. He got the PhD degree in computer science from the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 2005. Since 2005, he is assistant professor in information systems at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He published numerous publications in the areas of databases, Web information systems, personalization, and the Semantic Web. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Web Engineering, International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology, Decision Support Systems, and Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands.


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