Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
SOIL, 5, 177–187, 2019
SOIL, 5, 177–187, 2019

Original research article 17 Jul 2019

Original research article | 17 Jul 2019

Word embeddings for application in geosciences: development, evaluation, and examples of soil-related concepts

José Padarian and Ignacio Fuentes

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A large amount of descriptive information is available in geosciences. Considering the advances in natural language it is possible to rescue this information and transform it into a numerical form (embeddings). We used 280764 full-text scientific articles to train a language model capable of generating such embeddings. Our domain-specific embeddings (GeoVec) outperformed general domain embedding tasks such as analogies, relatedness, and categorisation, and can be used in novel applications.