International Journal of Speech Technology

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 177–189 | Cite as

Towards an automatic extraction of synonyms for Quranic Arabic WordNet

  • Manal AlMaayah
  • Majdi Sawalha
  • Mohammad A. M. Abushariah


In this paper, we developed an automatic extraction model of synonyms, which is used to construct our Quranic Arabic WordNet (QAWN) that depends on traditional Arabic dictionaries. In this work, we rely on three resources. First, the Boundary Annotated Quran Corpus that contains Quran words, Part-of-Speech, root and other related information. Second, the lexicon resources that was used to collect a set of derived words for Quranic words. Third, traditional Arabic dictionaries, which were used to extract the meaning of words with distinction of different senses. The objective of this work is to link the Quranic words of similar meanings in order to generate synonym sets (synsets). To accomplish that, we used term frequency and inverse document frequency in vector space model, and we then computed cosine similarities between Quranic words based on textual definitions that are extracted from traditional Arabic dictionaries. Words of highest similarity were grouped together to form a synset. Our QAWN consists of 6918 synsets that were constructed from about 8400 unique word senses, on average of 5 senses for each word. Based on our experimental evaluation, the average recall of the baseline system was 7.01 %, whereas the average recall of the QAWN was 34.13 % which improved the recall of semantic search for Quran concepts by 27 %.


Quranic WordNet Arabic dictionaries Cosine similarity Vector space model Synonymy Semantic relations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manal AlMaayah
    • 1
  • Majdi Sawalha
    • 1
  • Mohammad A. M. Abushariah
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Information Systems Department, King Abdullah II School for Information TechnologyThe University of JordanAmmanJordan

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