Transparent, Efficient, and Robust Word Embedding Access with WOMBAT

Mark-Christoph Müller, Michael Strube


Abstract
We present WOMBAT, a Python tool which supports NLP practitioners in accessing word embeddings from code. WOMBAT addresses common research problems, including unified access, scaling, and robust and reproducible preprocessing. Code that uses WOMBAT for accessing word embeddings is not only cleaner, more readable, and easier to reuse, but also much more efficient than code using standard in-memory methods: a Python script using WOMBAT for evaluating seven large word embedding collections (8.7M embedding vectors in total) on a simple SemEval sentence similarity task involving 250 raw sentence pairs completes in under ten seconds end-to-end on a standard notebook computer.
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C18-2012
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Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: System Demonstrations
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August
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2018
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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COLING
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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53–57
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