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Title: An Integrated Approach to Chinese Word Segmentation
Author: Guohong Fu
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Institution: Heilongjiang University
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Abstract: This paper presents an integrated approach to Chinese word segmentation. In this work, known word segmentation and unknown word identification are taken as one integrated process instead of two separate tasks. Furthermore, both known and unknown word candidates are scored equally with a hybrid model, in which three types of features are statistically computed and incorporated, including contextual information (viz. modified word bigram models), affinity relations between the components of words (viz. inside and outside word-juncture models), and the internal word-formation power of components in a word (viz. the word-formation patterns). To enhance the precision and avoid the problem of combination explosion in the construction of word candidates, in particular the unknown word candidates, a filter algorithm is used to block some ineligible unknown word candidates. In this way, ambiguities and unknown words can be resolved effectively. The results of our experiment on the Peking University corpus show that the proposed approach outperforms some other methods.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
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