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We are describe the concept of dedicated multilingual preterminological graphs MPGs, and some automatic approaches for constructing them by analyzing the behavior of online community users. A multilingual preterminological graph is a special lexical resource that contains massive amount of terms related to a special domain, and can be used as raw material to later build a standardized terminological repository. Building such a graph is difficult using traditional approaches, as it needs huge efforts by domain specialists and terminologists. In our approach, we build such a graph by analyzing the access log files of the Web site of the community, and by finding the important terms that have been used to search in that Web site, and their association with each other. We aim at making this graph as a seed repository so multilingual volunteers can contribute. We are experimenting this approach with the Digital Silk Road Project. We have used its access log files since its beginning in 2003, and obtained an initial graph of around 116000 terms. As an application, we used this graph to obtain a preterminological multilingual database that is serving a CLIR system for the DSR project.
Date of Conference: 20-22 Oct. 2009