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Fact Extractor

Fact Extraction from Wikipedia Text


The DBpedia Extraction Framework is pretty much mature when dealing with Wikipedia semi-structured content like infoboxes, links and categories.
However, unstructured content (typically text) plays the most crucial role, due to the amount of knowledge it can deliver, and few efforts have been carried out to extract structured data out of it.
For instance, given the Germany Football Team article, we want to extract a set of meaningful facts and structure them in machine-readable statements.
The following sentence:

In Euro 1992, Germany reached the final, but lost 0–2 to Denmark

would produce statements (triples) like:

<Germany, defeat, Denmark>
<defeat, score, 0–2>
<defeat, winner, Denmark>
<defeat, competition, Euro 1992>

High-level Workflow

INPUT = Wikipedia corpus

Corpus Analysis

  1. Corpus Raw Text Extraction
  2. Verb Extraction
  3. Verb Ranking

Unsupervised Fact Extraction

  1. Entity Linking
  2. Frame Classification
  3. Dataset Production

Supervised Fact Extraction

  1. Training Set Creation
  2. Classifier Training
  3. Frame Classification
  4. Dataset Production

Get Ready

  • Python, pip and Java should be there in your machine, aren't they?
  • Install all the Python requirements:
$ pip install -r requirements.txt
# For The Wiki Machine
TWM_URL = 'your service URL'
TWM_APPID = 'your app ID'
TWM_APPKEY = 'your app key'

# For Dandelion API
NEX_URL = ''
NEX_APPID = 'your app ID'
NEX_APPKEY = 'your app key'

Get Started

Here is how to produce the unsupervised Italian soccer dataset:

$ wget
$ make extract-pages
$ make extract-soccer
$ make extract-sentences-baseline
$ make unsupervised-run


Note: Wikipedia Dump Pre-processing

Wikipedia dumps are packaged as XML documents and contain text formatted according to the Mediawiki markup syntax, with templates to be transcluded. To obtain a raw text corpus, we use the WikiExtractor, integrated in a frozen version here.

Development Policy

Contributors should follow the standard team development practices:

  1. Branch out of master;
  2. Commit frequently with clear messages;
  3. Make a pull request.

Coding Style

Pull requests not complying to these guidelines will be ignored.

  • Use 4 spaces (soft tab) for indentation;
  • Naming conventions
    • use an underscore as a word separator (files, variables, functions);
    • constants are UPPERCASE;
    • anything else is lowercase.
  • Use 2 empty lines to separate functions;
  • Write docstrings according to PEP 287, with a special attention to field lists. IDEs like PyCharm will do the job.



The source code is under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 3.


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