Structuring E-Commerce Inventory

Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2012.
Structuring E-Commerce Inventory
Karin Maugé, Khashayar Rohanimanesh, Jean-David Ruvini
Abstract

Large e-commerce enterprises feature millions of items entered daily by a large variety of sellers. While some sellers provide rich, structured descriptions of their items, a vast majority of them provide unstructured natural language descriptions.

In the paper we present a 2 steps method for structuring items into descriptive properties. The first step consists in unsupervised property discovery and extraction. The second step involves supervised property synonym discovery using a maximum entropy based clustering algorithm.

We evaluate our method on a year worth of eCommerce data and show that it achieves excellent precision with good recall.

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