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Detecting Economic Events Using a Semantics-Based Pipeline

Detecting Economic Events Using a Semantics-Based Pipeline

Alexander Hogenboom, Frederik Hogenboom, Flavius Frasincar, Uzay Kaymak, Otto van der Meer, and Kim Schouten

Erasmus University Rotterdam


In today's information-driven global economy, breaking news on economic events such as acquisitions and stock splits has a substantial impact on the financial markets. Therefore, it is important to be able to automatically identify events in news items accurately and in a timely manner. For this purpose, one has to be able to mine a wide variety of heterogeneous sources of unstructured data to extract knowledge that is useful for guiding decision making processes. We propose a Semantics-based Pipeline for Economic Event Detection (SPEED), which aims at extracting nancial events from news articles and annotating these events with meta-data, while retaining a speed that is high enough to make real-time use possible. In our pipeline implementation, we have reused some of the components of an existing framework and developed new ones, such as an Ontology Gazetteer and a Word Sense Disambiguator.

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