### Abstract

Semantic Space models, which provide a numerical representation of words’ meaning extracted from corpus of documents, have been formalized in terms of Hermitian operators over real valued Hilbert spaces by Bruza et al. [1]. The collapse of a word into a particular meaning has been investigated applying the notion of quantum collapse of superpositional states [2]. While the semantic association between words in a Semantic Space can be computed by means of the Minkowski distance [3] or the cosine of the angle between the vector representation of each pair of words, a new procedure is needed in order to establish relations between two or more Semantic Spaces. We address the question: how can the distance between different Semantic Spaces be computed? By representing each Semantic Space as a subspace of a more general Hilbert space, the relationship between Semantic Spaces can be computed by means of the subspace distance. Such distance needs to take into account the difference in the dimensions between subspaces. The availability of a distance for comparing different Semantic Subspaces would enable to achieve a deeper understanding about the geometry of Semantic Spaces which would possibly translate into better effectiveness in Information Retrieval tasks.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Quantum Interaction |

Subtitle of host publication | Third International Symposium, QI 2009, Saarbrücken, Germany, March 25-27, 2009. Proceedings |

Editors | Peter Bruza, Donald Sofge, William Lawless, Keith van Rijsbergen, Matthias Klusch |

Place of Publication | Berlin, Heidelberg |

Publisher | Springer-Verlag |

Pages | 225-236 |

Number of pages | 12 |

ISBN (Print) | 978-3-642-00833-7 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 9 Mar 2009 |

Externally published | Yes |

### Publication series

Name | Lecture Notes in Computer Science |
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Publisher | Springer Verlag |

Volume | 5494 |

### Keywords

- semantic space models
- information retrieval
- semantic subspaces

## Cite this

Zuccon, G., Azzopardi, L. A., & Rijsbergen, C. J. (2009). Semantic spaces: measuring the distance between different subspaces. In P. Bruza, D. Sofge, W. Lawless, K. van Rijsbergen, & M. Klusch (Eds.),

*Quantum Interaction: Third International Symposium, QI 2009, Saarbrücken, Germany, March 25-27, 2009. Proceedings*(pp. 225-236). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 5494). Springer-Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-00834-4_19