June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Computing & Information Technology
26.272.1 - 26.272.22
Automated Identi-ication of Terminological Dissonance in IT and adjacent -ieldsJessica Richards; Owen Riley; Joseph Ekstrom; Kevin TewABSTRACTInformation Technology often >ills the role of tool supplier to other disciplines. This role necessitates that IT academics and professionals perform constant interdisciplinary communication. Semantic “dissonance”, in the forms of synonymy and polysemy, is frequently encountered between participants in related meetings and discussions. This dissonance often causes severe miscommunications that can result in project meltdowns. Unfortunately, semantic dissonance is a topic not typically discussed in IT until a crisis situation occurs. Semantic dissonance and "terminology management" should be addressed in IT curriculum, workplace training, and should also be an area of development in IT tools. In order to >ill this need, we developed the Termediator software. Termediator is an application that preemptively identi>ies potential terminological dissonance from a dataset of over 50,000 terms pulled from 18 related disciplines. This multifaceted tool integrates similarity measures for synonymy with topic modeling and clustering for polysemy. The professional use of Termediator centers on communicative mediation and training for collaborative projects (both inter-‐ and intradisciplinary) and telecommuting work situations. Termediator also has a distinct role in IT education, where it is imperative to include pedagogy that sensitizes students to the potential for misunderstanding because of semantic differences in commonly used terms.
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