Geometric Relationship between Word and Context Representations


  • Jiangtao Feng Fudan University
  • Xiaoqing Zheng Fudan University


Pre-trained distributed word representations have been proven to be useful in various natural language processing (NLP) tasks. However, the geometric basis of word representations and their relations to the representations of word's contexts has not been carefully studied yet. In this study, we first investigate such geometric relationship under a general framework, which is abstracted from some typical word representation learning approaches, and find out that only the directions of word representations are well associated to their context vector representations while the magnitudes are not. In order to make better use of the information contained in the magnitudes of word representations, we propose a hierarchical Gaussian model combined with maximum a posteriori estimation to learn word representations, and extend it to represent polysemous words. Our word representations have been evaluated on multiple NLP tasks, and the experimental results show that the proposed model achieved promising results, comparing to several popular word representations.




How to Cite

Feng, J., & Zheng, X. (2018). Geometric Relationship between Word and Context Representations. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 32(1). Retrieved from