Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Qiuming Zhu


The goal of this thesis is to explore and integrate several existing measurements for ranking the relevance of a set of subject-predicate-object (SPO) triples to a given concept. As we are inundated with information from multiple sources on the World-Wide-Web, SPO similarity measures play a progressively important role in information extraction, information retrieval, document clustering and ontology learning. This thesis is applied in the Cyber Security Domain for identifying and understanding the factors and elements of sociopolitical events relevant to cyberattacks. Our efforts are towards developing an algorithm that begins with an analysis of news articles by taking into account the semantic information and word order information in the SPOs extracted from the articles. The semantic cohesiveness of a user provided concept and the extracted SPOs will then be calculated using semantic similarity measures derived from 1) structured lexical databases; and 2) our own corpus statistics. The use of a lexical database will enable our method to model human common sense knowledge, while the incorporation of our own corpus statistics allows our method to be adaptable to the Cyber Security domain. The model can be extended to other domains by simply changing the local corpus. The integration of different measures will help us triangulate the ranking of SPOs from multiple dimensions of semantic cohesiveness. Our results are compared to rankings gathered from surveys of human users, where each respondent ranks a list of SPO based on their common knowledge and understanding of the relevance evaluations to a given concept. The comparison demonstrates that our integrated SPO similarity ranking scheme closely reflects the human common sense knowledge in a specific domain it addresses.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Masters of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2011 Ranjana Kumar.